Donald Justice Poems
- On The Death Of Friends In Chi... We shall not ever meet ...
- Pantoum Of The Great Depressio... Our lives avoided ...
- Love's Stratagems All these maneuverings to avoid The ...
- Men At Forty Men at forty Learn to close softly
- Absences It's snowing this afternoon and there are no ...
- Bus Stop Lights are burning In quiet rooms Where lives go...
- Poem This poem is not addressed to you. You may come into ...
Donald Justice was an American poet and teacher of writing.
Life and Career
Justice grew up in Florida, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in 1945. He received an M.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1947, studied for a time at Stanford University, and ultimately earned a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1954. He went on to teach for many years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the nation's first graduate program in creative writing. He also taught at Syracuse University, the University of California at Irvine, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.
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On The Death Of Friends In Childhood
We shall not ever meet them bearded in heaven
Nor sunning themselves among the bald of hell;
If anywhere, in the deserted schoolyard at twilight,
forming a ring, perhaps, or joining hands
In games whose very names we have forgotten.
Come memory, let us seek them there in the shadows.