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David Ignatow

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

Quotations

  • ''Someone approaches to say his life is ruined
    and to fall down at your feet
    and pound his head upon the sidewalk.''
    David Ignatow (b. 1914), U.S. poet. The Dream (l. 1-3). . . New Naked Poetry, The; Recent American Poetry in Open Forms. Stephen Berg and Robert Mezey, eds. (1976) The Bobbs-Merrill Company.
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Against The Evidence

As I reach to close each book
lying open on my desk, it leaps up
to snap at my fingers. My legs
won’t hold me, I must sit down.
My fingers pain me
where the thick leaves snapped together
at my touch.
All my life
I’ve held books in my hands

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