David Ignatow Poems

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1.
For My Daughter

When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
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2.
The Bagel

I stopped to pick up the bagel
rolling away in the wind,
annoyed with myself
for having dropped it
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3.
I Close My Eyes

I close my eyes like a good little boy at night in bed,
as I was told to do by my mother when she lived,
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4.
Against The Evidence

As I reach to close each book
lying open on my desk, it leaps up
to snap at my fingers. My legs
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5.
Dilemma

Whatever we do, whether we light
strangers’ cigarettes—it may turn out
to be a detective wanting to know who is free
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6.
The Journey

I am looking for a past
I can rely on
in order to look to death
with equanimity.
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7.
Information

This tree has two million and seventy-five thousand leaves.
Perhaps I missed a leaf or two but I do feel triumphant
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8.
Listening

You wept in your mother's arms
and I knew that from then on
I was to forget myself.
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9.
Ritual One

As I enter the theatre the play is going on.
I hear the father say to the son on stage,
You’ve taken the motor apart.
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10.
Permanence

I am leaving earth with little knowledge of it,
without having visited its great cities and lands
I was here for a moment, it seems, to praise,
and now that I am leaving I am astounded
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