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Robert Dana

Robert Dana (1929-2010) was awarded two National Endowment Fellowships (1985 and 1993), the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for Poetry (1989) and a Pushcart Prize (1996). His books include Hello, Stranger: Beach Poems (Anhinga Press, 1996) and A Community of Writers: Paul Engle and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (University of Iowa Press, 1999), a gathering of memoirs of the first twenty-five years of America’s most famous writing program.

Summer/Fall 1999

Summer

By Robert Dana

Annihilating all that’s made To a green thought in a green shade. —Andrew Marvell, “The Garden” This is the summer of the black rose, the summer of Joseph’s Coat, Boy […]

Spring 1998

Dancing

By Robert Dana

My twelve-tone wind chime, the gift of a friend the year before he divorced, is playing church music. Carillon, post- Easter, dusk music. Not the wild stuff it was crashing […]

Summer/Fall 1997

Some Interior Room

By Robert Dana

Surely, it's spring now. The waxwings are tipsy in the crab apple trees, drunk on last fall's now fermented fruit. The Unabomber's been caught. And this morning, a few blocks […]

Winter 1996

Radiance

By Robert Dana

Always that forgiving para-noia. The Sisters of Charityof the Incarnate Word, underthreats of violence, taking down their art exhibit on sex and AIDS, the sculptured geni-talia, the angel fucking at […]

Winter 1996

Sweat

By Robert Dana

  for Ed, Jane, and Anna  A morning drinking coffee. A morning of record heat,sun, and a white sandbar in the bay. A sailboat be- calmed in waters so glassy, so […]

Winter 1996

Take It or Leave It

By Robert Dana

I listen to her talk about her 91-year-oldgreat-aunt up in Fay- ette, who still bakes her own apple pies, the first her 9-year- old son had ever tasted; and of […]