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Biography of James Tate

James Tate

James Tate (1943 - Present)

James Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry including his first volume, The Lost Pilot, which was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1967, The Oblivion Ha Ha (1970), Hints to Pilgrims (1971), Absences (1972), Viper Jazz (1976), Riven Doggeries (1979), Constant Defender (1983), Reckoner (1986) and Distance From Loved Ones (1990).

In 1992, Tate was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the William Carlos Williams Award for his Selected Poems (1991). His most recent collection, Worshipful Company of Fletchers (The Ecco Press, 1994) received the National Book Award for Poetry. Among his other awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Institute for Arts and Letters Award for Poetry. He also received the $100,000 Tanning Prize for The Academy of American Poets in 1995.

He has taught poetry at the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, and Emerson College. He currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he has worked since 1971.



22 Poems written by James Tate

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for my father, 1922-1944 Comments and analysis of The Lost Pilot by James Tate 91 Comments
A motorist once said to me, Comments and analysis of Days of Pie and Coffee by James Tate 8 Comments
After the burial Comments and analysis of Restless Leg Syndrome by James Tate 17 Comments
All night a door floated down the river. Comments and analysis of The Wrong Way Home by James Tate 5 Comments
I sit on the tracks, Comments and analysis of Success Comes To Cow Creek by James Tate 2 Comments
I swerved to avoid hitting a squirrel Comments and analysis of Thinking Ahead To Possible Options And A Worst-Case Scenario by James Tate 6 Comments
I take the long walk up the staircase to my secret room. Comments and analysis of Happy As The Day Is Long by James Tate 13 Comments
It seemed as if the enormous journey Comments and analysis of Non-Stop by James Tate 1 Comment
Jesus got up one day a little later than usual. He had been dream- Comments and analysis of Goodtime Jesus by James Tate 13 Comments
Jim just loves to garden, yes he does.
My felisberto is handsomer than your mergotroid,
Napoleon's hat is an obvious choice I guess to list as a famous Comments and analysis of The List of Famous Hats by James Tate 239 Comments
She has one good bumblebee Comments and analysis of Head of a White Woman Winking by James Tate 33 Comments
Some people go their whole lives Comments and analysis of Dream On by James Tate 240 Comments
Speaking of sunsets, Comments and analysis of Never Again The Same by James Tate 34 Comments
The common is unusually calm--they captured the storm
The directions to the lunatic asylum were confusing, Comments and analysis of Like A Scarf by James Tate 4 Comments
The disorganization to which I currently belong Comments and analysis of Shut Up And Eat Your Toad by James Tate 4 Comments
The new ergonomics were delivered Comments and analysis of The New Ergonomics by James Tate 30 Comments
There's a fortune to be made in just about everything
They ask me if I've ever thought about the end of Comments and analysis of A Knock On The Door by James Tate 63 Comments
This is the hardest part: Comments and analysis of Loyalty by James Tate 3 Comments


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