Donald Justice

(12 August 1925 - 6 August 2004 / Miami / Florida)

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Donald Justice was an American poet and teacher of writing.

Life and Career

Justice grew up in Florida, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in 1945. He received an M.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1947, studied for a time at Stanford University, and ultimately earned a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1954. He went on to teach for many years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the nation's first graduate program in creative writing. He also taught at Syracuse University, the University of California at Irvine, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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  • ''The artist will have had his revenge for being made to wait,
    A revenge not only necessary but right and clever—
    Simply to leave him out of the scene forever.''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Anonymous Drawing (l. 20-22). . . New Poets of England and America; Second Selection. Donald Hall and Robert ...
  • ''This one was put in a jacket,
    This one was sent home,
    This one was given bread and meat
    But would eat none,
    And this one cried No No No No
    All day long.''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Counting the Mad (l. 1-6). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. N...
  • ''Jane looks down at her organdy skirt
    As if it somehow were the thing disgraced,
    For being there, on the floor, in the dirt,''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. In Bertram's Garden (l. 1-3). . . Voice That Is Great wtihin Us, The; American Poetry of the Twentieth Centur...
  • ''Soon the purple dark must bruise
    Lily and bleeding-heart and rose,
    And the little Cupid lose
    Eyes and ears and chin and nose,''
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. In Bertram's Garden (l. 13-16). . . Voice That Is Great wtihin Us, The; American Poetry of the Twentieth Cent...
  • the face of that father,
    Still warm with the mystery of lather.
    They are more fathers than sons themselves now.
    Something is filling them, something

    That is like th...
    Donald Justice (b. 1925), U.S. poet. Men at Forty (l. 13-18). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds....
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