Gerald Stern

BY Tom LeGro  January 31, 2013 at 4:09 PM EDT

At 87, Gerald Stern has been writing poetry for a long time and is one of the nation’s most honored poets. He recently received a new honor for a collection called “Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992″: the prestigious Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress, given to the most distinguished book of verse published in the last two years.

Stern, whose newest book is “In Beauty Bright,” joined me in the studio last week for a conversation:

Stern reads his poem “The One Thing in Life”: