poet Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

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Michael Dana Gioia is an American writer, critic and poet. He retired early from his career as a corporate executive at General Foods to write full-time. From January 29, 2003, until January 22, 2009, he was chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the U.S. government's arts agency, and has worked to revitalize an organization that had suffered bitter controversies about the nature of grants to artists in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In August 2011, Gioia became Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Michael Walker (8/28/2019 7:25:00 PM)

    'Twentieth-Century American Poetry', edited by Dana Gioia, with David Mason and Meg Schoerke. New York: McGraw-Hill,2004. A comprehensive, well-chosen anthology.

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  • Michael Walker (8/26/2019 10:23:00 PM)

    Dana Gioia was one of three editors of an anthology of modern American poetry, a book which I read more than once. I will add the anthology title tomorrow, can't remember it right now. Gioia's poems are full of original imagery, and not too long. They keep the reader's interest.

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  • Jill Shilvock (12/26/2013 1:55:00 PM)

    I have only read the poems listed here on PoemHunter of Dana Gioia - but that was enough to realize what a talented poet he is. I only wish I could write as well. His style is so natural and unforced, and he writes about seemingly unimportant things or hugely important ones and makes both leave a lasting impression upon his readers. When some-one says 'But I don't know what to write about' they should read Dana Gioia and find out that anything can be made the subject of a poem.

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  • Bibhu Padhi (12/20/2013 9:23:00 PM)

    Fantastic. The poems are so quiet- like the things they talk about. And, they fulfill my wish: poems have to be short and strong enough to hold the reader's attention. Congratulations and cheers!

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  • Charlotte Peters Rock (12/20/2011 5:05:00 PM)

    I have justread Dana Gioia's poem abut the flowers, called

    'Thanks for remembering us'

    That is just what we feel - in ways that we cannot usually describe.

    Thank you

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  • Abdallah Mpogole (8/5/2010 3:58:00 AM)

    That's good Diana lets us mend this words to rule the world.

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Best Poem of Dana Gioia

Insomnia

Now you hear what the house has to say.
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,
and voices mounting in an endless drone
of small complaints like the sounds of a family
that year by year you've learned how to ignore.

But now you must listen to the things you own,
all that you've worked for these past years,
the murmur of property, of things in disrepair,
the moving parts about to come undone,
and twisting in the sheets remember all
the faces you could not bring yourself to love.

How many voices have ...

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