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 was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion