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(20 November 1913 - 13 January 1999 / Muskegon, Michigan)

John Frederick Nims
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John Frederick Nims was an American poet and academic.

Life

He graduated from DePaul University, University of Notre Dame with an M.A., and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in 1945. He published reviews of the works by Robert Lowell and W. S. Merwin. He taught English at Harvard University, the University of Florence, the University of Toronto, Williams College and the University of Missouri.

He was editor of Poetry magazine from 1978 to 1984.

The John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize, for poetry translation, is awarded by the Poetry Foundation.

Awards

American Academy of Arts and Letters ... more »

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  • ''Only
    With words and people and love you move at ease.''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases (l. 13-14). . . How Does a Poem Mean? John Ciardi and Mil...
  • ''The refugee uncertain at the door
    You make at home; deftly you steady
    The drunk clambering on his undulant floor.''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases (l. 6-8). . . How Does a Poem Mean? John Ciardi and Mille...
  • ''For should your hands drop white and empty
    All the toys of the world would break.''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases (l. 23-24). . . How Does a Poem Mean? John Ciardi and Mil...
  • ''And yet a kiss (like blubber)'d blur and slip,''
    John Frederick Nims (b. 1913), U.S. poet. Love and Death (l. 1). . . Western Wind; an Introduction to Poetry. John Frederick Nims, ed. (2d ed., 19...
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