Too late now to look for houses to give readings, to flirt, to eat blueberries, to dance the polka— or just to be in the Serbian-American club in Duquesne near that horrible McKeesport, near that horrible Kennywood Park, and take a sip, a bite, and half fall off my stool, and grab her and whirl for fifteen straight, or just to feel her breasts against me and to loosen my tie, or just to drive home slowly, sometimes even on the streetcar tracks themselves, that 68 trolley I loved so much, the love seats and the rattling glass windows. The American poet Gerald Stern has passed away. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1925. Some of his noteworthy books of poetry include Galaxy Love (W. W. Norton, 2017); American Sonnets (W. W. Norton, 2002); This Time: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 1998), winner of the National Book Award; Bread Without Sugar (W. W. Norton, 1992), winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize; Leaving Another Kingdom: Selected Poems (HarperCollins, 1990), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; The Red Coal (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1981), recipient of the Melville Caine Award from the Poetry Society of America; and Lucky Life (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1977), recipient of the 1977 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and nominee for a National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2000, he was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey, and, in 2006, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. For several years, he taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.