Jane Cooper

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Jane Cooper
Born(1924-10-09)October 9, 1924
Atlantic City, New Jersey
DiedOctober 26, 2007(2007-10-26) (aged 83)
Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Jane Cooper (October 9, 1924 – October 26, 2007) was an American poet.

Life and career[edit]

Cooper was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, spent her early childhood in Jacksonville, Florida, and then moved with her family to Princeton in the mid-1930s. She attended Vassar College from 1942 to 1944, and earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1946. In 1953–54 Cooper took a year off to get an M.A. at the University of Iowa, where she studied with Robert Lowell, and John Berryman in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Cooper joined the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, in 1950, and remained as a teacher and poet in residence until her retirement in 1987. She held the post of New York State Poet from 1995 to 1997.[1] She died on October 26, 2007, of complications due to Parkinson's Disease.[2][3]




  • The Weather of Six Mornings (1969), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets.
  • Maps and Windows (1974)
  • Scaffolding: Selected Poems (1993)
  • Green Notebook, Winter Road (1994), which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
  • Flashboat: Poems Collected and Reclaimed (W. W. Norton & Company, 1999)


  • Extended Outlooks: The Iowa Review Collection of Contemporary Women Writers (1982)
  • The Sanity of Earth and Grass: Complete Poems of Robert Winner (1994)



Scaffolding, Grace Paley:

This is a beautiful and stubborn book of poems. The poems say only what they mean. They have about them a great deep patience for the whole truth, a waiting in quietness for tremor and explosion.

The Flashboat, The New Yorker:

Cooper handles with equal assurance public statement and private reflection

Mark Doty:

To perform the alchemical work of translating a human presence into paper and ink: that is the dream of the book, a dream fulfilled her[e], in this beautifully assembled life's work. Jane Cooper has been engaged in a long patient act of making a consideration of self-in-the-world vigorous, humble, and fierce all at once.[4]


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