Biography of Ed Ochester
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 the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For his contributions to the arts, he received the George Garrett Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in 2006 and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trusts’ Creative Achievement Award in 2001.
Ochester is professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh and is on the faculty of the Bennington College MFA Writing Seminars.
Ed Ochester Poems
October 27, 1989
And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. --Ray Carver
What the Frost Casts Up
A crown of handmade nails, as though there were a house here once, burned, where we've gardened for fifteen years; the ceramic top of an ancient fuse;
Crows, crows, crows, crows then the slow flapaway over the hill and the dead oak is naked
Dreaming About My Father
We're painting the old house in the Hudson Valley and we're a team, applying the paint so smoothly that not a drop gets spilled, it's all cream, and for the first time he has no complaints about
October 27, 1989
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
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.