The poet Allen Grossman died this morning at a nursing home in Chelsea, MA. of complications from Alzheimer's, according to his son, the novelist and critic Lev Grossman. He was 82 years old.
PW profiled Grossman in 2008 upon the publication of his last book, Descartes' Loneliness, which we called a part of "American poetry's most powerful, aspiring, inimitable and least frivolous bodies of work." Grossman was a philisophical and meditative poet, as well as a spiritual one. He told PW that "“I don't think there is any entirely secular poetry." New Directions was his longtime publisher.