Treasure Island

David Ignatow

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

Quotations

  • ''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 Mezey, eds. (1976) The Bobbs-Merrill Company.
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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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