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 do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion