Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Howard Nemerov won Pulitzer for poetry

Howard Nemerov
It is the birthday of poet Howard Nemerov, who received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1978 for his Collected Poems. He also received the National Book Award and was twice appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He grew up in New York City, was educated at Harvard, was a pilot during World War II and taught at several universities, including Brandeis and Washington University in St. Louis. His father was art historian Alexander Nemerov, who taught at Yale. His sister was photographer Diane Arbus. Among his most anthologized poems are the playful "A Primer of the Daily Round"  and the reflective "The War in the Air"

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