Who is David Ignatow

David Ignatow (February 7, 1914 – November 17, 1997) was an American poet and editor.


David Ignatow was born in Brooklyn on February 7, 1914, and spent most of his life in the New York City area. He died on November 17, 1997, at his home in East Hampton, New York. His papers are held at University of California, San Diego.Ignatow began his professional career as a businessman. After committing wholly to poetry, Ignatow worked as an editor of American Poetry Review, Analytic, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Chelsea Magazine, and as poetry editor of The Nation.

He taught at the New School for Social Research, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, Vassar College, York College, City University of New York, New York University, and Columbia Un...
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David Ignatow Poems

  • Coupling
    Wherever he looks, standing still in the city,
    are people born of coupling, walking in gray suits
    and ties, in long dresses and coiffed hair,
    speaking elegantly, of themselves and of each other, ...
  • Dilemma
    Whatever we do, whether we light
    strangersâ?? cigarettesâ??it may turn out
    to be a detective wanting to know who is free
    with a light on a lonely street nightsâ?? ...
  • I Dream
    I dream I am lying in the mud on my back and staring up into the sky.
    Which do I prefer, since I have the power to fly into the blue slate of
    air? It is summer. I decide quickly that by lying face up I have a view
    of the sky I could not get by flying in it, while I'd be missing the mud....
  • In A Dream
    at fifty I approach myself,
    eighteen years of age,
    seated despondently on the concrete steps
    of my father's house, ...
  • Rescue The Dead
    Finally, to forgo love is to kiss a leaf,
    is to let rain fall nakedly upon your head,
    is to respect fire,
    is to study man's eyes and his gestures ...
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