James Tate

(8 December 1943 - / Kansas City, Missouri)

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James Tate is an American poet whose work has earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Early Life

James Vincent Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his B.A. from Kansas State University in 1965 and then went on to earn his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in their famed Writer's Workshop.

Career

Tate has taught creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. He currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has ... more »

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  • ''Rather,
    they gather the blue
    objects of the world
    and construct from them

    a nest—''
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Blue Booby (l. 11-15). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
  • ''the stars turn slowly
    in the blue foil beside them
    like the eyes of a mild savior.''
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Blue Booby (l. 39-41). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
  • ''when I see you,
    as I have seen you at least

    once every year of my life,
    spin across the wilds of the sky
    like a tiny, African god,

    I feel dead.''
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Lost Pilot (l. 32-37). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
  • fast, perfect, and unwilling
    to tell me that you are doing
    well, or that it was mistake
    that placed you in that world,
    and me in this; or that misfortune
    placed thes...
    James Tate (b. 1943), U.S. poet. The Lost Pilot (l. 43-48). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
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