Dana Gioia

(24 December 1950 / Hawthorne, California)

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  • Michael Walker 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 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 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 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

Money

Money is a kind of poetry.
- Wallace Stevens

Money, the long green,
cash, stash, rhino, jack
or just plain dough.

Chock it up, fork it over,
shell it out. Watch it
burn holes through pockets.

To be made of it! To have it
to burn! Greenbacks, double eagles,
megabucks and Ginnie Maes.

It greases the palm, feathers a nest,
holds heads above water,
makes both ends meet.

Money breeds money.
Gathering interest, compounding daily.
Always in circulation.

Money. You don't know where it's been,
but you put it where your...

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Words

The world does not need words. It articulates itself
in sunlight, leaves, and shadows. The stones on the path
are no less real for lying uncatalogued and uncounted.
The fluent leaves speak only the dialect of pure being.
The kiss is still fully itself though no words were spoken.

And one word transforms it into something less or other--
illicit, chaste, perfunctory, conjugal, covert.
Even calling it a kiss betrays the fluster of hands

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