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"If he could sleep on it. He would make his bed with white sheets And disappear into the white, Like a man diving, If he could be certain That the light Would not keep him awake, The light that reaches To the bottom." -- Donald Justice
Donald Justice (August 12, 1925 - August 6, 2004) was an American poet and teacher of writing. In summing up Justice's career, David Orr has written, "In most ways, Justice was no different from any number of solid, quiet older writers devoted to traditional short poems. But he was different in one important sense: sometimes his poems weren't just good; they were great. They were great in the way that Elizabeth Bishop's poems were great, or Thom Gunn's or Philip Larkin's. They were great in the way that tells us what poetry used to be, and is, and will be."

Justice grew up in Florida, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in 1945. He received an M.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1947, studied for a time at Stanford University, and ultimately earned a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1954. He went on to teach for many years at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the nation's first graduate program in creative writing. He also taught at Syracuse University, the University of California at Irvine, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.Date of birth taken from the Social Security Death Index.

Justice published thirteen collections of his poetry. The first collection, The Summer Anniversaries, was the winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize given by the Academy of American Poets in 1961; Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1980. He was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1991, and the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry in 1996.

His honors also included grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003. His Collected Poems was nominated for the National Book Award in 2004. Justice was also a National Book Award Finalist in 1961, 1974, and 1995.

In his obituary, Andrew Rosenheim notes that Justice "was a legendary teacher, and despite his own Formalist reputation influenced a wide range of younger writers - his students included Mark Strand, Rita Dove, James Tate, Jorie Graham and the novelist John Irving". His student and later colleague Marvin Bell said in a reminiscence, "As a teacher, Don chose always to be on the side of the poem, defending it from half-baked attacks by students anxious to defend their own turf. While he had firm preferences in private, as a teacher Don defended all turfs. He had little use for poetic theory..."

Of Justice's accomplishments as a poet, his former student, the poet and critic Tad Richards, noted that, "Donald Justice is likely to be remembered as a poet who gave his age a quiet but compelling insight into loss and distance, and who set a standard for craftsmanship, attention to detail, and subtleties of rhythm."

Justice's work was the subject of the 1998 volume Certain Solitudes: On The Poetry of Donald Justice, which is a collection of essays edited by Dana Gioia and William Logan.

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Total Books: 22
Compendium A Collection of Thoughts on Prosody
2017 - Compendium a Collection of Thoughts on Prosody (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781632430328
ISBN-10: 1632430320
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Prosody The Meters of Poetry in English
2015 - Prosody the Meters of Poetry in English (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780872331884
ISBN-10: 0872331881
Genres: Reference, Education & Teaching

Donald Justice
2006 - Donald Justice (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780856463860
ISBN-10: 0856463868

Collected Poems
2006 - Collected Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780375710544
ISBN-10: 037571054X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Oblivion On Writers  Writing
1998 - Oblivion on Writers Writing (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781885266606
ISBN-10: 188526660X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

New And Selected Poems
1997 - New and Selected Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780679765981
ISBN-10: 0679765980
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Donald Justice Reader Selected Poetry and Prose
1991 - A Donald Justice Reader Selected Poetry and Prose [The Bread Loaf Series of Contemporary Writers] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780874516265
ISBN-10: 0874516269
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Sunset Maker
1987 - The Sunset Maker (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780856461958
ISBN-10: 0856461954
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

Selected Poems
1981 - Selected Poems (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780689110160
ISBN-10: 0689110162

The Summer Anniversaries
1981 - The Summer Anniversaries [Wesleyan Poetry Program Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780819511058
ISBN-10: 0819511056
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Night Light
1981 - Night Light [Wesleyan Poetry Program Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780819511065
ISBN-10: 0819511064
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Donald Justice Selected Poems
1980 - Donald Justice Selected Poems (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780856460586
ISBN-10: 0856460583

Orpheus Hesitated Beside the Black River Poems 1952-1997
Orpheus Hesitated Beside the Black River Poems 1952-1997 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780856462979
ISBN-10: 0856462977

The Collected Poems of Henri Coulette
The Collected Poems of Henri Coulette (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781557281449
ISBN-10: 1557281440