Revered poet remembered for works like 1969's The Weather of Six Mornings and 1994's Green Notebook, Winter Road. She was a teacher and Poet in Residence at Sarah Lawrence College and later held the position of New York State Poet.
She lived in Jacksonville, Florida as a child and later attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
In 1985 she received the first-ever Maurice English Poetry Award, given to a poet in his or her sixth decade of life.
She never married and had no children.
She studied alongside fellow poet Robert Lowell at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the 50's.