Roland Flint Analysis

Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Beginning in the 1980’s, Roland Flint developed a keen interest in the poetry of Bulgaria, visiting the country a number of times and working in the United States to establish an audience for such work. In addition to creating a bilingual edition of his own poetry, Pigeon in the Night, in 1994, Flint helped translate three volumes of Bulgarian poetry: Boris Khristov’s Words and Graphite (1991; with Betty Grinberg) and The Wings of the Messenger (1991; with Grinberg and Lyubomir Nikolov), and Lyubomir Nikolov’s Pagan (1992; with Vyara Tcholakova).


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Roland Flint won the Corcoran Gallery award in poetry in 1976 and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1981. Stubborn was selected for the National Poetry Series in 1989. Flint also received the Maxwell Anderson Award from the University of North Dakota in 1993 and Maryland State Arts Council grants in 1989 and 1993. He was Maryland’s poet laureate from 1995 to 2000.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Ackerson, Duane. “Roland (Henry) Flint.” In Contemporary Poets, Sixth Edition, edited by Thomas Riggs. New York: St. James Press, 1996. Provides extensive biographical information and examines the theme of love and loss in Stubborn.

Barnes, Bart. “Professor Roland Flint Dies; Maryland Poet Laureate.” The Washington Post, January 5, 2001, p. B8. After Flint’s death, a colleague writes, “Flint’s great gift and subtle art was to speak in what seemed to be his own voice.”

Bernard, J. D. “Surviving Grief: The Poetry of Roland Flint.” POET LORE 76, no. 2 (1981). A critical examination of such poems as “And Morning,” “Jog,” and “Say It.”

Cadiz, Laura. “Late Poet Laureate to Be Honored.” The Sun, March 28, 2002, p. 1. The deceased Flint was to be honored during National Poetry Month in Maryland. The new poet laureate, Michael Collier, who planned to read at the event, reflected on Flint, who mentored him.

Gariepy, Jennifer. “Roland (Henry) Flint.” In Contemporary Authors, edited by Terrie M. Rooney. Vol. 153. Detroit: Gale, 1997. Contains basic biographical information and a list of publications.

Kaganoff, Penny. Review of Stubborn. Publishers Weekly 237, no. 17 (April 27, 1990): 57. Kaganoff believes Flint’s strongest poems are those in which he confronts mortality with his mind as well as his heart.