Gerald Stern (born 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a Jewish-Americanpoet. His work was widely recognized after the 1977 publication of Lucky Life and a series of essays on writing poetry in American Poetry Review. He has been given many prestigious awards for his writing, including a National Book Award for poetry in 1998 and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets in 2005. For many years he taught poetry writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Stern retired in 1995. 1925 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... (This article is about the city. ... A Jewish American (also commonly American Jew) is an American (a citizen of the United States) of Jewish descent or religion who maintains a connection to the Jewish community, either through actively practicing Judaism or through cultural and historical affiliation. ... Poets are authors of poems, or of other forms of poetry such as dramatic verse. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... The National Book Awards is the most important literary prize in the United States, presented annually for the best book by a living US citizen published in the US. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and is presently awarded in each of four categories... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa is the preeminent college and graduate-level creative writing program in the United States. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...
GERALDSTERN: When I was - I don't know - I always - when I was in high school and in the army and in college, I was always writing poetry, and I thought everybody was writing poetry.
GERALDSTERN: Well, that's, of course, the old allegory, medieval allegory of the race between the hare and the turtle, and the turtle is slow, and the hare is fast, and ultimately, the turtle wins, because he's steadfast and determined, while the hare is loafing and sleeping and enjoying himself.
GERALDSTERN: The poem is a little complicated but I'm not going to get into a deep explanation to use our time up, because it also involves Charles Lindbergh, who's been in the news later, and there's a kind of negative attitude towards him.
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