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Ignatow, David 1914-1997

Overview
Works: 253 works in 448 publications in 4 languages and 16,772 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Biography  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Performer, Translator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3517.G53, 811.54
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Publications about David Ignatow
Publications by David Ignatow
Publications by David Ignatow, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by David Ignatow
Poems, 1934-1969 by David Ignatow( Book )
8 editions published between 1970 and 1987 in English and held by 864 libraries worldwide
Figures of the human; poems by David Ignatow( Book )
12 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in English and held by 674 libraries worldwide
Say pardon; [poems by David Ignatow( Book )
3 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 663 libraries worldwide
Rescue the dead; poems by David Ignatow( Book )
10 editions published between 1968 and 1983 in English and held by 630 libraries worldwide
Selected poems by David Ignatow( Book )
14 editions published between 1975 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 626 libraries worldwide
Facing the tree : new poems by David Ignatow( Book )
7 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 586 libraries worldwide
The wild card : selected poems, early and late by Karl Shapiro( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 537 libraries worldwide
Supported by a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets
Shadowing the ground by David Ignatow( Book )
5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 501 libraries worldwide
Whisper to the earth : new poems by David Ignatow( Book )
6 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 460 libraries worldwide
Tread the dark : new poems by David Ignatow( Book )
12 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 454 libraries worldwide
Against the evidence : selected poems, 1934-1994 by David Ignatow( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 448 libraries worldwide
Ignatow is one of those rare writers who begin somewhat out of step and end up decades later sounding unquestionably contemporary. The times have had to catch up with him. His language, which is without ornament and beautiful in its honesty, does not date. --Poetry
Living is what I wanted : last poems by David Ignatow( Book )
7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 439 libraries worldwide
Poems on death. In The Living, he writes: "Death provides the food: / the zebra lay on its side / clawed into silence, / the tigress on her belly / gnawing at the belly / of the zebra with bloody teeth. / And the living zebras / at a distance, head bowed / toward the earth, eat / of the living grass."
Leaving the door open : poems by David Ignatow( Book )
5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 420 libraries worldwide
Open between us by David Ignatow( Book )
5 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 375 libraries worldwide
I have a name by David Ignatow( Book )
6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 337 libraries worldwide
I have a Name is a vital engagement with life and an unflinching stare at death, concluding that love transcendent is a reality
Borders : poems by Mary Crow( Book )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 278 libraries worldwide
Talking together : letters of David Ignatow, 1946 to 1990 by David Ignatow( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 234 libraries worldwide
"The idea of communication or community pervades everything I've written." So concluded the poet David Ignatow - from his perspective as a septuagenarian - in a 1985 letter to his literary executor, Roy Harvey Pearce. For this poet, staying in touch with his colleagues and editors through written correspondence amounted to an affirmation of his own existence. Spanning nearly four-and-a-half decades of communication, a collection of David Ignatow's letters has now been compiled and edited by poet and critic Gary Pacernick, one of Ignatow's recent correspondents. Pacernick's sensitively selected compilation, Talking Together, traces the poet's career from his youthful stance as a workingman-poet, through his gradual midlife recognition by his fellow artists as a voice of distinction, and on through his establishment as an important contemporary poet. Written for the most part at post-breakfast sittings and addressed with remarkable regularity to such illustrious recipients as William Carlos Williams and Ralph J. Mills, Jr., the letters demonstrate, for Ignatow, an otherwise unseen range of human emotion, adding an important new dimension to his published work. With their straightforward portraits of the commonplace, the poems of David Ignatow can be deceptively simple. If his harshest critics have failed to discern the underlying complexity of his work, then Pacernick's compilation does much to reveal the poet's intricate but controlled thought processes, unraveling through a series of letters that are admirable in their own right for their unimpeded flow and cadence. By attempting to create a community of writers with whom he shares the details and nuances of his existence, Ignatow has survived in an indifferent, if not hostile, environment. The letters show the private man, the writer, in communication with other writers, fighting against loneliness, frustration, jealousy, and rage, through the form of sharing and sustenance that these letters become. In addition, the letters provide an intimate portrait of the poet's career from his first attempts at recognition to later success. The reader shares Ignatow's thoughts, feelings, and insights about his own poetry and the poetry and criticism of his contemporaries, as well as the work of such major American writers as Whitman, Dickinson, Emerson, Stevens, Williams, Eliot, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway. He also has fascinating things to say about the art and craft of poetry. Although there is much to learn here about literary culture as well as what some refer to as po-biz - the poetry business - the letters have a deeper level as well that is concerned with the emotional and spiritual life of the artist. While never hiding his doubts, fears, and frustrations, Ignatow is revealed to us as a person with a consuming interest in seeking the truth in life and literature
At my ease : uncollected poems of the fifties and sixties by David Ignatow( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 232 libraries worldwide
The animal in the bush : poems on poetry by David Ignatow( Book )
2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 187 libraries worldwide
Earth hard by David Ignatow( Book )
7 editions published between 1963 and 1968 in English and held by 185 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Amer. poeta.
David Ignatow American poet
Ignatov, Deĭvid 1914-
Ignatov, Deĭvid 1914-1997
Ìgnatov, Dejvìd.
Languages
English (165)
German (1)
Ukrainian (1)
Hebrew (1)
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