Hayden Carruth dies at 87

Hayden Carruth, prize winning poet and literary critic, died Monday at the age of 87.

In his long lifetime, he published more than thirty books of poetry, countless criticisms and essays, a novel, and two poetry anthologies. He received the National Book Award in 1996 for his collections of poems, Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey. He also served as editor for Poetry, Harper’s, and The Hudson Review. His poetry was known for consisting of tense, emotionally charged language–but also for covering a broad spectrum of content. His most famous poem is perhaps “Emergency Haying,” a poem which reflects his deeply-felt sentiments of cultural responsibility and political radicalism.

Carruth died in his home of complciations from multiple strokes, and his survived by his wife Joe-Ann. For more information on his life and works, please see his biography here.

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