Karl Shapiro

1913–2000
Karl Shapiro

Born in Baltimore to Jewish parents, Karl Shapiro gained early fame during World War II, when his fiancée had the poems he mailed home published. (These won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1945). Later, as a professor at the University of Nebraska and editor of the influential literary journals Poetry and Prairie Schooner, he waged war against high Modernism, preferring poetry with a more direct, simple, and openly emotional treatment of subject matter.

Poems

What People are Saying

"I learned just how much deeper your understanding of a poem is when you memorize it than when you just read it a couple of times, and how you understand it a little better every single time you recite it."
Alex Hanesworth
2015 WA POL Champion