Robert Mezey

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Robert Mezey (born 1935) is an American poet, critic and academic. He is also a noted translator, in particular from Spanish, having translated with Richard Barnes the collected poems of Borges.[1]

He was born in Philadelphia, and attended Kenyon College as a contemporary of E. L. Doctorow and James Wright; after a time and serving in the army he finished in 1959 an undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa. Having worked for a while, he became a graduate student at Stanford University. Then he began teaching at Case Western Reserve University, in 1963. During a year at Franklin and Marshall College he was for a time suspended after an accusation of inciting students to burn draft cards. After holding other positions, he settled at 1976 at Pomona College, until retiring in 1999.[2][3]

He has received numerous awards including the 2002 Poets' Prize for Collected Poems: 1952-1999.

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  • The Lovemaker (1960), poems, received the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1961.
  • White Blossoms (1965), poems
  • A Book of Dying, poems
  • The Mercy of Sorrow, poems
  • Naked Poetry (1969), anthology, editor with Stephen Berg
  • The Door Standing Open: Selected Poems (1970)
  • Poems from the Hebrew (1973), translator
  • Small Song (1979), poems
  • Tungsteno, novel by Caesar Vallejo (1982), translator
  • Evening Wind (1987), poems
  • Couplets
  • "Pretends he knows what he's doing"
  • Selected Translations
  • The Collected Poems of Henri Coulette (1990), editor with Donald Justice
  • Natural Selection (1995), poems
  • Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems (1998), editor
  • The Poetry of E. A. Robinson (1999), editor
  • Collected Poems 1952-1999 (2000)
  • Poems of the American West (2002), editor
  • Poems of Jorge Luis Borges, translator with Richard Barnes

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