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Stanley Kunitz reading his poem "The Layers" on 2/20/2006 in his West Village apartment in New York City
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English text of "The Layers" as received from Stanley H. Barkan via email on 12/19/2005.

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
"Live in the layers,
not on the litter."
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes .


DVD of two parts: (total run time is 68 minutes, color)

Part A - 24 multilingual readings by translators and others of "The Layers" by Stanley Kunitz, at The Russian Samovar in New York City in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Cross-Cultural Communications on 9/11/200

Part B - Stanley Kunitz reading his poem "The Layers" on 2/20/2006 in his West Village apartment in New York City

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Item # 1 - DVD of readings of "The Layers": (a) 24 multilingual readings by Cross-Cultural Commuications Poets at The Russian Samovar in New York City on 9/11/2005 and (b) reading by Stanley Kunitz on 2/20/2006 in his West Village apartment in New York City. - $15 (exclusive of shipping and tax).
Item # 2 - List of publications of Cross-Cultural Communications that relate to Stanley Kunitz. $1 (exclusive of shipping and tax).

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Kunitz, Stanley (1905 - 2006) - Bio info
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Stanley Jasspon Kunitz (July 29, 1905 – May 14, 2006) was a noted American poet of Lithuanian descent who served two years (1974–1976) as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a precursor to the modern Poet Laureate program), and served another year as United States Poet Laureate in 2000.
Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905. He was raised by his Lithuanian-Jewish mother, Yetta Helen Kunitz, and stepfather, Mark Dine, who died when Kunitz was 14. His father, Solomon Z. Kunitz, a dressmaker, committed suicide six weeks before Kunitz was born.
Kunitz graduated summa cum laude in 1926 from Harvard College and earned a master's degree in English from Harvard the following year. After Harvard, he worked as a reporter for The Worcester Telegram, and as editor for the H.W. Wilson Company in New York City until he was drafted in 1943. He served in the US Army during World War II. Although a conscientious objector, Kunitz served as a non-combatant and was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. After the war, he began a teaching career at Bennington College, New York State Teachers College in Potsdam, New York, New School for Social Research, University of Washington, Queens College, Vassar, Brandeis, Yale, Rutgers, and a 22-year stint at Columbia University.
At Wilson Company, Kunitz served as editor of the Wilson Library Bulletin and as co-editor for Twentieth Century Authors, among other reference works. In 1931, as Dilly Tante, he edited Living Authors, a Book of Biographies. His poems began to appear in Poetry, Commonweal, The New Republic, The Nation, and The Dial.
Kunitz's poetry has won praise from all circles as being profound and well written. He continued to write and publish as late as 2005, at the age of 100. Many believe his poetry's symbolism is influenced significantly by the work of Carl Jung. Kunitz was an influence on many 20th century poets, including James Wright, Louise Gluck, and Carolyn Kizer.
His marriages to poet Helen Pearce and actress Eleanor Evans ended in divorce. His third wife, artist Elise Asher, died in 2004. Kunitz divided his time between New York City, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts for most of his life. He enjoyed gardening and maintained one of the most impressive seaside gardens in Provincetown. He was a founder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was a mainstay of the literary community, and of Poets House in Manhattan. He died in 2006 at his home in Manhattan. He had previously come close to death, and reflected on the experience in his last book, a collection of essays, The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden.

His first collection of poems, Intellectual Things, was published in 1930. In 1959 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his third collection, Selected Poems: 1928-1958. His collection Passing Through: The Later Poems won the National Book Award in 1995. Kunitz received many other honors, including a National Medal of Arts, the Bollingen Prize for a lifetime achievement in poetry, the Robert Frost Medal, and Harvard's Centennial Medal. He served two terms as Consultant on Poetry for the Library of Congress (the precursor title to Poet Laureate), one term as Poet Laureate of the United States, and one term as the state poet of New York. He founded the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Poets House in New York City. He judged for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He was considered by many observers to be the most distinguished and accomplished poet in the United States at the time of his death in 2006.
The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (2005)
The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz (2000)
Passing Through, The Later Poems, New and Selected (1995)
Next-to-Last Things: New Poems and Essays (1985)
The Poems of Stanley Kunitz (1928-1978) (1978)
The Testing-Tree (1971)
Selected Poems, 1928-1958 (1958)
Passport to the War (1940)
Intellectual Things (1930)
External links
Stanley Kunitz's page at "The Academy of American Poets"
On Kunitz’s Touch Me
Worcester Area Writers - Stanley Kunitz
Washington Post "Pulitzer-Winning Poet Stanley Kunitz Dies" 16 May 2006
Stanley Kunitz "Three Small Parables for My Poet Friends" at the Oxford University Press blog
"Halley's Comet" a poem by Stanley Kunitz
Searching for Green Street: A Memorial for Stanley Kunitz, 1905-2006

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