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by David Ignatow

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Download Poems 1934–1969 (Wesleyan Poetry Series) epub
ISBN: 0819560596
ISBN13: 978-0819560599
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: David Ignatow
Language: English
Publisher: Wesleyan (January 1, 1970)
Pages: 280 pages
ePUB size: 1546 kb
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Rating: 4.9
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A friend of mine, Gary Widger, recommended that I read the work of David Ignatow (1914-97)and I'm so glad he did. Ignatow is an urban (New York City) poet, who writes contemporary poetry in the context of noise and pollution, 20th century warfare, erasing the soft, cliche cluttered dreaminess of late Romanticism with the harsh pumice of American industrialism. No surprise, after a faltering start with which he establishes the basic tools of his verbal economy, especially focussed on acute observation of the ordinary and emotional honesty to the point of rawness, he proceeds through a period of infatuation with Whitman, then another with William Carlos Williams, and ends in this volume with an independent voice that is a sublimation of the two. [To appreciate his artistic growth from the Whitman to the Williams periods, compare his two beautiful poems on the same subject, "Physical Love" (from the '40s) and "My Native Land" (from the '60s.] I only discovered half-way through the book that he lived for 28 more years [Poems, 1934-1969 (260 pp.) sounded so final] and that there's a Selected Poems, 1934-94 (170 pp.) available from the same publisher. I recommend that you purchase and read that one. He was quite famous in his day (he taught at the New School for Social Research U KY, U KS, Vassar, York, CUNY, NYU, Columbia; receive Bollingen Prize, 2 Guggenheims, John Steinbeck Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, Shelley Memorial Award, Frost Medal, William Carlos Williams Award; was poet-in-resident Walt Whitman Birthplace Assn) but always remained accessible, the kind of guy you'd want to live next door to and ask to come over for dinner every once in a while. Despite his many University teaching positions, this is decidedly not mid-20th century "Academic" poetry and, IMHO, all the stronger for it.
I stumbled upon this book by accident, and loved it so much I read it in one night. It is an emotional experience to read it. The intense feeling described in some of the poems, and unusual views on societies dark side are excellently written. I recommend this book a cross between Walt Whittman & Edgar Allen Poe writing poems from the world in the 50's and 60's with an editorial flair. It is hard to describe but I loved it.