Robert Mezey (1935–2020) was an American poet, critic, teacher, and translator. He was educated at Kenyon College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Stanford University, and spent a quarter century teaching at Pomona College, before retiring in 1999. His was the co-editor of the seminal anthology of anthology Naked Poetry: Recent American Poetry in Open Forms (1969) and The Collected Poems of Henri Coulette (1990), as well as the editor of important selections of Thomas Hardy’s and Edwin Arlington Robinson’s lyrics. His own Collected Poems: 1952–1999 was awarded the Poets’ Prize in 2002.
Robert Mezey: Four Uncollected Poems
When Robert Mezey read his own work, his voice moved easily through the poem’s rhythms; he’d express the most ...