In this 1971 letter from our archive, Stanley Kunitz writes to Betty Kray, the Academy of American Poets’ first executive director. Kunitz, who was already a well-known Pulitzer Prize winner at the time he wrote this letter, had been recently named to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors and would publish his collection The Testing-Tree (Little, Brown & Co., 1971) shortly after. In the letter, Kunitz references the work of Kenneth Koch and the public school education reform movement of the time, as well as his attempts at “restoration” with a new diet: “The kosher grape juice & the organic munch-bars are doing wonders for me!”

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