Hayden Carruth is Dead at 87

My favorite living American poet has joined the immortal dead. Hayden Carruth died yesterday in Munsville, just down the interstate from me. I never met him, though I corresponded with him briefly in the late 1980s. Just reread The Sleeping Beauty, trying to find inspiration for my own book-length poem. A capacious mind, an intelligent poet.

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Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Hayden Carruth is Dead at 87”

  1. This has been a tough year for writers. About twenty years ago Carruth gave a reading at the Writers’ Institute at SUNY Albany. It was the first time I heard any of his poetry and I was swept up by his long prose form. There was supposed to be a Q&A after the reading, but when he was done he announced, “I’m an old man and I have to go to the bathroom. Thank you so much.” And off he went. The audience applauded; it was precisely the kind of eccentric moment his poems had prepared us for.

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