Marilyn Hacker 1942–
American poet and editor.
Hacker usually employs traditional forms, notably the sonnet, in her highly personal poems. Some critics praise her work for showing the potential richness of structured poetry, but others find her free-form poems most effective. Presentation Piece won the National Book Award in 1975. Her recent Taking Notice confirms her sensitivity to the varied concerns of women, especially the title sequence, which centers on a lesbian relationship.
(See also CLC, Vols. 5, 9 and Contemporary Authors, Vols. 77-80.)