Great American Poet Stanley Plumly Dead At 79

A great American poet has left us. Stanley Plumly, acclaimed writer and professor at the University of Maryland, passed away at his home on April 11th. He died at seventy-nine of multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells.

 

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Plumly published up to eleven volumes of poetry starting in 1970. Some of his best work drew upon intense images of nature juxtaposed against dark memories of his childhood. He was lauded over the years for his passion for the art of poetry as well as his lyrical style of writing.

 

He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland where he was the director of the creative writing program. While he was teaching there, he became the state’s poet laureate and served there until 2009.

 

You can still read some of Plumly’s poems now at Poets.org, Poet Hunter and The New Yorker.

 

 

 

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