David Ignatow

(7 February 1914 - 17 November 1997 / Brooklyn/ New York)

David Ignatow
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Born in Brooklyn on February 7, 1914, and spent most of his life in the New York City area.

Career

Ignatow began his professional career as a businessman. After committing wholly to poetry, Ignatow worked as an editor of American Poetry Review, Analytic, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Chelsea Magazine, and as poetry editor of The Nation. He taught at the New School for Social Research, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, Vassar College, York College of the City University of New York, New York University, and Columbia University. He was president of the Poetry Society of America from 1980 to 1984 and poet-in-residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace... more »

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  • ''Someone approaches to say his life is ruined
    and to fall down at your feet
    and pound his head upon the sidewalk.''
    David Ignatow (b. 1914), U.S. poet. The Dream (l. 1-3). . . New Naked Poetry, The; Recent American Poetry in Open Forms. Stephen Berg and Robert M...
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