Katha Pollitt 1949–
American poet and critic.
Pollitt's first collection of poetry, Antarctic Traveller (1982), received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a "visual" poet, one whose lyric and free verse poems are composed of vivid and compelling images. She is also, in the words of one critic, a poet "of essences." Pollitt's verse explores the relationship of life to art and portrays moments of transformation in the lives of her characters. Pollitt has an ability to effectively convey diverse settings: some of her poems recreate stark urban landscapes, others celebrate places and things of great pastoral beauty.
Critics acclaim Pollitt's clearmindedness and economy of style. She is said to communicate thoughts and feelings with a poise, grace, and directness not commonly found in the work of poets of her age. Her development as a poet, critics feel, will be both of interest and importance.