David Ignatow

(7 February 1914 - 17 November 1997 / Brooklyn/ New York)

David Ignatow
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Born in Brooklyn on February 7, 1914, and spent most of his life in the New York City area.


Ignatow began his professional career as a businessman. After committing wholly to poetry, Ignatow worked as an editor of American Poetry Review, Analytic, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Chelsea Magazine, and as poetry editor of The Nation. He taught at the New School for Social Research, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, Vassar College, York College of the City University of New York, New York University, and Columbia University. He was president of the Poetry Society of America from 1980 to 1984 and poet-in-residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace ... more »

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  • Elizabeth jeszeck (4/22/2018 2:16:00 PM)

    The poem with the first ine one leaf left on a branch is a very moving poem that set me back on my heels.

  • Elizabeth Jeszeck (4/22/2018 2:14:00 PM)

    The poem with the first ine one leaf le

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Best Poem of David Ignatow

For My Daughter

When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
or forgotten you.
You were such a star to me,
following you through birth
and childhood, my hand
in your hand.

When I die
choose a star and name it
after me so that I may shine
down on you, until you join
me in darkness and silence

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