Paul Zimmer

(1934 / Canton, Ohio / Unites States)

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Paul Zimmer (born 1934 Canton, Ohio) is an American poet, and editor.
He flunked out of college, and worked in a steel mill. From 1954 to 1955 Zimmer served in the United States Army as a journalist. The Ribs of Death, his first book, was published in 1968. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from Kent State University in 1968.
He has directed the university presses at Georgia, Iowa, and Pittsburgh, and helped found the Pitt Poetry Series. His papers are held at Kent State. more »

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Dog Music

Amongst dogs are listeners and singers.
My big dog sang with me so purely,
puckering her ruffled lips into an O,
beginning with small, swallowing sounds
like Coltrane musing, then rising to power
and resonance, gulping air to continue—
her passion and sense of flawless form—
singing not with me, but for the art of dogs.
We joined in many fine songs—'Stardust,'
'Naima,' 'The Trout,' 'My Rosary,' 'Perdido.'
She was a great master and died young,
leaving me with unrelieved grief,
her talents known to only a few.

Now I have a small dog who does not ...

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