Robert Sund

Robert Sund

About Robert Sund

Robert Sund (November 29, 1929 - September 29, 2001) was an American poet, artist, musician and teacher who lived and worked in the woods country of Washington state. His first published collection of poems, Bunch Grass, was penned into notebooks in 1963. He is best known for this book and Ish River, Poems from Ish River Country: Collected Poems & Translations, (North Point Press, San Francisco, 1983), which won the Washington State Governor’s Award for best new book of poetry. He is also knon for Taos Mountain, and Notes from Disappearing Lake: The River Journals of Robert Sund. There are also a host of beautifully done chapbooks. As always, notebooks filled up with poetry, and from those efforts came two beautiful chapbooks in collaboration with printer Rusty North of Sagittarius Press, Port Townsend (Why I am Singing for the Dancer, 1979, and How the Dancer is Carried Into the Hall of Light, 1982). In 1982, he hosted Kenneth Rexroth at a poetry reading in La Conner, and published another chapbook with one long poem for Rexroth, entitled This Flower (The Great Blue Heron Society, La Conner, 1982).
Robert Sund passed away on September 29, 2001, in Anacortes, Washington.

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