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 James Tate

I wish the stone lady would come to me.
Parakeet or no parakeet
the night is a vial of lighterfluid.
And I have been good, composing the perishable song… 164 more words


Dream Weaver 1.7

Last night’s dream had James Tate–and several other poets, and me–doing final judging on submitted poems (to a journal? a contest?) “Next poem!” he kept saying with authority and we’d shuffle our stack of papers. 500 more words


DPF / Halpern

For children, from The Best American Poetry 1997, guest editor James Tate, series editor David Lehman.

from Her Body / by Daniel Halpern

the smallest finger poking the air, pointing toward the first heat… 24 more words


Poetry: Dome of the Hidden Pavilion - James Tate

Sad news this month for fans of contemporary poetry; James Tate died at age 77. Back in the olden days, he was one of my teachers—a man gifted with kindness, humor, wisdom and a charming sense of the absurd. 144 more words


Remembering Poet James Tate 1943-2015

James Tate, a highly imaginative poet, died on July 8 after a long illness. Sad to lose such a genius. And so many wonderful poems, but this is one of my favorites. 243 more words