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.
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.
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,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...
they gather the blue
objects of the world
and construct from them
''the stars turn slowlyJames 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...
in the blue foil beside them
like the eyes of a mild savior.''
''when I see you,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...
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.''
fast, perfect, and unwillingJames 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...
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
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