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I Have a Name (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

By David Ignatow (Author)
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Pages   85
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.55" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 1996
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819522406  
EAN  9780819522405  

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The wondrous subtlety of David Ignatow's art is brought to bear on the timeless themes of love and death. Intimate remembrances evince a rich life: Hebrew lessons, war, first love, friendships with Stanley Kunitz and others, his wife's death. One poem comments on another, often with wit and irony; no statement is ever final. In this way, Ignatow shows that we exist most fully in the fluidity of our perceptions and in our inability to attain a single state of mind or definition of things. I Have A Name is a vital engagement with life and an unflinching stare at death, concluding that love transcendent is a reality, embracing all, the living and the dead.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DAVID IGNATOW has published sixteen volumes of poetry and three prose collections. Born in Brooklyn he has lived most of his life in the New York metropolitan area. At various times workig as the editor of The American Poetry Review and the Beloit Poetry Journal, poetry editor of The Nation, and co-editor of Chelsea. He has taught at Columbia, The New School for Social Research, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, York College of the City University of New York, New York University and Vassar College.
The National Institute of Arts and Letters has presented to Mr. Ignatow an award "for a lifetime of creative effort. Ignatow is also the recipient of the 1966 Shelley Memorial Award and the 1992 Frost Medial. His work has been recognized also with the Bollingen Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Wallace Stevens Fellowship from Yale University, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is npresident emeritus of the Poetry Society of America and a member of the executive board of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Huntington, Lon Island, his home is in East Hampton, Long Island.
His most recent books are Shadowing the Ground (1991) and Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994 (1994).

David Ignatow was born in 1914.

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Ignatow's Poetry and It's Solace  Aug 6, 1998
On a plane trip some years ago, a friend of mine was sitting next to a young woman who was sobbing quietly. When my friend asked her what was wrong she told him her father had died that morning and she was flying home for the funeral. My friend had with him a book of David Ignatow's poetry. Instinctively, he handed it to her. She became absorbed in it for the remainder of the flight. As they landed, she thanked him. The book, she said, had soothed her pain. To read Ignatow-then as now-is to find yourself confronting a solitary world, consoled by palpable, responsive silence. Since the publication in 1948 of his first collection, the directness of Ignatow's writing has set him apart from his contemporaries, especially those whose methods include overarching formalist literary schemes. Ignatow's method has always been simplicity itself: Finding himself in a strange place, often in panic (but in amusement, as well), he uses whatever is available to make a transcend! ent sense of it. For the rest of us, perhaps tied to overarching personal and social strategies in daily life, we turn to Ignatow and find he has done the hard work for us. In his 1991 collection, Shadowing the Ground, as he approached his eightieth birthday in shaky health, Ignatow reckoned himself at the end of his life. The poems in that volume face impending death squarely, heroically. "I killed a fly," he wrote. "Tired of the day and with night coming on/ I lay my body down beside the fly." But now, in his new collection, something has changed. He didn't die. He survived the battle; he continues on. What should he do? In "Since Then" he attempts to answer it this way: ... Since then, I have had nothing to say, inwardly silent, sun warming me to write: what I am left to do. I Have A Name presents poems dealing with subjects familiar to Ignatow's readers: the expected violence or surprising gentleness one encounters in meetings with others; early memories of family a! nd friends, with their confusions and contradictions laid b! are and not always resolved; and the singular mysteries inherent in common things, such as cars on a highway or ordering food in a restaurant. But there is a new subject in Ignatow's work that, given age and health, must have been inevitable: the decay and destruction of the human body. In two facing prose poems, Moths and The Man Who Fell Apart in the Street as He Walked, even Ignatow's ironic humor can't mask for long the real horror. In the former poem, a man who begins by killing a moths' nest ends up being devoured by relentless moths. In the latter, a man's body literally falls apart on a crowded sidewalk. People watching don't bother to help; instead, they take his disintegration as an insult. These are poems of real power-an achievement proving the transcendence of human persistence and awareness. --Sandy McIntosh

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