American poet who won a National Book Award for his 1994 collection Worshipful Company of Fletchers. For his 1991 Selected Poems, he received both the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award.
He attended Kansas State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
He taught creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas.