David Ignatow

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

David Ignatow Poems

1. For My Daughter 1/13/2003
2. The Bagel 1/13/2003
3. Against The Evidence 4/19/2010
4. I Close My Eyes 4/19/2010
5. The Journey 4/19/2010
6. Dilemma 4/19/2010
7. Listening 4/19/2010
8. Information 4/19/2010
9. Ritual One 4/19/2010
10. An Illusion 3/14/2012
11. Self-Employed: For Harvey Shapiro 4/19/2010
12. My Skeleton, My Rival 4/19/2010
13. At This Moment 3/14/2012
14. I Dream 3/14/2012
15. It Is 3/14/2012
16. If We Could Be Brought 3/14/2012
17. Coupling 3/14/2012
18. Melpomene In Manhattan 3/14/2012
19. An Ecology 3/14/2012
20. Earth Hard 3/14/2012

I Close My Eyes

I close my eyes like a good little boy at night in bed,
as I was told to do by my mother when she lived,
and before bed I brush my teeth and slip on my pajamas,
as I was told, and look forward to tomorrow.


I do all things required of me to make me a citizen of sterling worth.
I keep a job and come home each evening for dinner. I arrive at the
same time on the same train to give my family a sense of order.

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