Poet Stanley Kunitz Passes On

Poet Stanley Kunitz, Courage of Conscience Honoree and a Founding Father of Intellectual Freedom in Libraries, Passes On.
Librarian, on his 100th birthday, noted, “The ideal of intellectual freedom in libraries owes a great deal to concepts developed in Kunitz’ column, “The Roving Eye,” which appeared in the Wilson Library Bulletin from 1928-1943. All his life Kunitz has cherished democracy but not intolerance, intellectual provincialism or the kind of patriotism that supports merchants of death.”

In 1998 Stanley Kunitz received the Courage of Conscience Award from Peace Abbey. In the prologue to the Peace Abbey film, Stonewalk, Kunitz asked the question:

“To whom can one pledge his allegiance except to the victims?”

The New York Times reports: Stanley Kunitz, who was one of the most acclaimed and durable American poets of the last century and who, at age 95, was named poet laureate of the United States, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 100 and also had a home in Provincetown, Mass.

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