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Mark Strand, former US poet laureate, dies aged 80

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Strand, a Pulitzer prize winner, was haunted by absence, loss and the passage of time from the beginning of his career

Mark Strand, a Pulitzer prize winner and former US poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse, has died. He was 80.

Strand, whose works were translated into more than 30 languages, died Saturday morning at his daughter’s New York home from liposarcoma that had spread throughout his body, just weeks after entering hospice care, said his daughter, Jessica Strand.

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