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I Have a Name
David Ignatow

Wesleyan Poetry Series

1996 • 85 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-2240-5

"What a sheer pleasure it is to see a master in top form!...Ignatow is a national treasure; this book, a little series of joys." —Booklist

I have a Name is a vital engagement with life and an unflinching stare at death, concluding that love transcendent is a reality,

The wondrous subtlety of David Ignatow's art is brought to bear on the timeless themes of love and death. Intimate remembrances evince a rich life: Hebrew lessons, war, first love, friendships with Stanley Kunitz and others, his wife's death. One poem comments on another, often with wit and irony; no statement is ever final. In this way, Ignatow shows that we exist most fully in the fluidity of our perceptions and in our inability to attain a single state of mind or definition of things. I Have A Name is a vital engagement with life and an unflinching stare at death, concluding that love transcendent is a reality, embracing all, the living and the dead.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Beautiful—very moving and individual. David Ignatow is a true and honest poet whose engagement with life has been and is passionate. We are fortunate to have his unique distillation of a life.”—Ruth Stone

"Ignatow is a superb, a major poet. What I like most about I Have a Name is what I have always liked most about his poems, the wisdom, and the humility. They are truly there. We are in the presence of an overwhelmingly important voice. It is eternity speaking."—Gerald Stern

From the Book:

To have been born to music
and to screams intermingling,
as if - not one without the other -
to make a whole of it.


Winner of the William Carlos Williams Award (1997)

DAVID IGNATOW has published sixteen volumes of poetry and three prose collections. Born in Brooklyn he has lived most of his life in the New York metropolitan area. At various times workig as the editor of The American Poetry Review and the Beloit Poetry Journal, poetry editor of The Nation, and co-editor of Chelsea. He has taught at Columbia, The New School for Social Research, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, York College of the City University of New York, New York University and Vassar College.
The National Institute of Arts and Letters has presented to Mr. Ignatow an award “for a lifetime of creative effort. Ignatow is also the recipient of the 1966 Shelley Memorial Award and the 1992 Frost Medial. His work has been recognized also with the Bollingen Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Wallace Stevens Fellowship from Yale University, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is npresident emeritus of the Poetry Society of America and a member of the executive board of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Huntington, Lon Island, his home is in East Hampton, Long Island.
His most recent books are Shadowing the Ground (1991) and Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994 (1994).

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