David Ignatow

(7 February 1914 - 17 November 1997 / Brooklyn/ New York)

David Ignatow Poems

1. Two 3/14/2012
2. Without Sexual Attraction 3/14/2012
3. Walt Whitman In The Civil War Hospitals 3/14/2012
4. That's The Sum Of It 3/14/2012
5. Two Friends 3/14/2012
6. On Freedom 3/14/2012
7. Midnight 3/14/2012
8. Play Again 3/14/2012
9. Permanence 3/14/2012
10. Moving Picture 3/14/2012
11. In A Dream 3/14/2012
12. Rescue The Dead 3/14/2012
13. An Ecology 3/14/2012
14. Here In Bed 3/14/2012
15. Melpomene In Manhattan 3/14/2012
16. Coupling 3/14/2012
17. Earth Hard 3/14/2012
18. It Is 3/14/2012
19. If We Could Be Brought 3/14/2012
20. I Dream 3/14/2012
21. At This Moment 3/14/2012
22. My Skeleton, My Rival 4/19/2010
23. Self-Employed: For Harvey Shapiro 4/19/2010
24. An Illusion 3/14/2012
25. Ritual One 4/19/2010
26. Information 4/19/2010
27. Listening 4/19/2010
28. The Journey 4/19/2010
29. Dilemma 4/19/2010
30. Against The Evidence 4/19/2010
31. I Close My Eyes 4/19/2010
32. The Bagel 1/13/2003
33. For My Daughter 1/13/2003
Best Poem of David Ignatow

For My Daughter

When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
or forgotten you.
You were such a star to me,
following you through birth
and childhood, my hand
in your hand.

When I die
choose a star and name it
after me so that I may shine
down on you, until you join
me in darkness and silence
together.

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Dilemma

Whatever we do, whether we light
strangers’ cigarettes—it may turn out
to be a detective wanting to know who is free
with a light on a lonely street nights—
or whether we turn away and get a knife
planted between our shoulders for our discourtesy;
whatever we do—whether we marry for love
and wake up to find love is a task,
or whether for convenience to find love

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