Sherod Santos Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Sherod Santos (SAHN-tohs) has written about the disconnection he feels between writing poetry and writing about poetry. He has frequently written about poetry for a number of literary magazines, including Kenyon Review and the American Poetry Review. Some of these essays are collected in A Poetry of Two Minds (2000). He has also translated selected works of a number of Greek poets from the classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine periods, which are collected in Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation (2005).


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Sherod Santos has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Award (1978), the Oscar Blumenthal Prize from Poetry magazine (1981), the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award (1983), and the Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry from The Paris Review (1998). In 1981, Accidental Weather was selected for the National Poetry Series. His poetry collection The Pilot Star Elegies (1999) won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize from Saginaw Valley State University and was nominated for both the National Book Award and The New Yorker Book Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. A Poetry of Two Minds was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and Greek Lyric Poetry was awarded the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in the Humanities and the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize by Poetry magazine. In 1999, he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Baker, David. “The Push on Poetry.” In Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000. In this collection of essays, Baker discusses how many contemporary poets, including Santos, relate to Romanticism.

Balbo, David. Review of The Perishing. Antioch Review 62, no. 2 (Spring, 2004): 372. Balbo praises this collection, filled with poem of “understated feeling and dazzling skill.” He likes the poetry’s simplicity while conveying complex ideas.

Hacht, Anne Marie, and David Kelly, eds. Poetry for Students. Vol. 24. Detroit: Thomson/Gale, 2006. This volume contains an analysis of Santos’s poem “Portrait of a Couple at Century’s End.”

Yenser, Stephen. “Sensuous and Particular: Sherod Santos, Rosanna Warren, Richard Kenny.” In Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002. A noted poetry scholar, Yenser examines a number of contemporary poets, including Santos, then discusses their work in the context of specific forms or schools of writing prevalent in the larger framework of American poetry.