Who is Dana Gioia

Michael Dana Gioia (/ˈdʒɔɪ.ə/; born December 24, 1950) is an American poet and writer. He spent the first fifteen years of his career writing at night while working for General Foods Corporation. After his 1991 essay "Can Poetry Matter?" in The Atlantic generated international attention, Gioia quit business to pursue writing full-time. He served as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) between 2003 and 2009. Gioia has published five books of poetry and three volumes of literary criticism as well as opera libretti, song cycles, translations, and over two dozen literary anthologies.

Gioia is the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California, where he now teaches. In December 2015 he became the Califor...
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Dana Gioia Poems

  • Planting A Sequoia
    All afternoon my brothers and I have worked in the orchard,
    Digging this hole, laying you into it, carefully packing the soil.
    Rain blackened the horizon, but cold winds kept it over the Pacific,
    And the sky above us stayed the dull gray ...
  • Emigre In Autumn
    Walking down the garden path
    From the house you do not own,
    Once again you think of how
    Cool the autumns were at home. ...
  • Rough Country
    Give me a landscape made of obstacles,
    of steep hills and jutting glacial rock,
    where the low-running streams are quick to flood
    the grassy fields and bottomlands. ...
  • Insomnia
    Now you hear what the house has to say.
    Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,
    the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,
    and voices mounting in an endless drone ...
  • Pentecost
    After the death of our son

    Neither the sorrows of afternoon, waiting in the silent house,
    Nor the night no sleep relieves, when memory ...
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Light 9 Water 6 Summer 6 Green 5 Small 5 Wind 5 Wall 4 Night 4 House 4 I Love You 4

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How lonesome the Wind must feel Nights'
 by Emily Dickinson


How lonesome the Wind must feel Nights-
When people have put out the Lights
And everything that has an Inn
Closes the shutter and goes in-

How pompous the Wind must feel Noons

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