Ed Ochester

(1939 / Brooklyn, New York City, New York)

Ed Ochester
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Poet Ed Ochester grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BA from Cornell University, an MA from Harvard University, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A longtime editor of the Pitt Poetry Series (University of Pittsburgh Press), he is the founding editor of the journal 5AM. His own collections of poetry include We Like It Here (1967); Dancing on the Edge of Knives (1973), winner of the Devins Award for Poetry; Miracle Mile (1984); Allegheny (1995); Snow White Horses: Selected Poems 1973–1988 (1988); The Land of Cockaigne (2001); and Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New (2007).

Ochester’s work has garnered awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ... more »

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October 27, 1989

And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
--Ray Carver

He was in a hotel in Baltimore
in a suburb near Johns Hopkins. He would

give a talk there, and they would pay him for it.
It was night, and he was alone; sirens were racing

up and down the streets. The room was very large.
Most of what he had wished as a boy was to write poems,

to have some power with the word, to be paid
for talking. Don't smile, please. He wanted

to be put in a beautiful room like this.
Bonnie would pick him ...

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