Donald Justice

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Donald Justice was an American poet and teacher of writing.

Life and Career

Justice grew up in Florida, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in 1945. He received an M.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1947, studied for a time at Stanford University, and ultimately earned a doctorate from the University ...
Popular Poems
1.
Pantoum Of The Great Depression
Our lives avoided tragedy
Simply by going on and on,
Without end and with little apparent meaning.
Oh, there were storms and small catastrophes.
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2.
Men At Forty
Men at forty
Learn to close softly
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3.
Sadness
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Dear ghosts, dear presences, O my dear parents,
Why were you so sad on porches, whispering?
What great melancholies were loosed among our swings!
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4.
Bus Stop
Lights are burning
In quiet rooms
Where lives go on
Resembling ours.
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5.
Love's Stratagems
All these maneuverings to avoid
The touching of hands,
These shifts to keep the eyes employed
On objects more or less neutral
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