Poetry. Newly available from SPD, STARTING OUT FOR THE DIFFICULT WORLD (Harper & Row, 1987) was Cornell professor Robert Dana's fourth collection of poetry. He is a writer of strong, rich experience, which spans the city slums where he was born and came of age to the fields and skies and towns of Iowa where Dana lived and taught for many years. Tense to the point of being enigmatic, Dana is a poet whose voice one trusts: what he says he feels is validated by the precision and force of the saying itself. At the time of its publication, M.L. Rosenthal commented about STARTING OUT FOR THE DIFFICULT WORLD: "Robert Dana's new book is dangerously alive with contradictory states of feeling. The poems are harsh and rich at the same time; they're painfully lonely yet manage to share the loneliness."
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Robert Dana was born in Boston in 1929. After serving in the South Pacific at the end of World War II, he moved to Iowa where he attended Drake University and The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His poetry has won several awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and The Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University. Retired from teaching after forty years as Poet-in-Residence at Cornell College, he served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Stockholm University and at several American colleges and universities. Dana was named Poet Laureate for the state of Iowa. He passed away in 2010.Review:
All This Way
Angels And Deaths In St. Augustine
Ark & Covenant
At The Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, D.c.
Driving The Coeur D'alene Without You
Everything Else You Can Get You Take
Getting It Right
I Used To Think So
Key West: Looking For Hemingway
New Snow At Goodlove's Grave
Ninety-one In The Shade
Notre Dame De Paris, 1974
On A View Of Paradise Ridge From A Rented House
On The Public Beach, St. Augustine
Prayer In A Time Of Murder And Suicide On The Farm
A Short History Of The Middle West
Starting Out For The Difficult World
They Know The Beautiful Are Risen
To A Cockroach
Watching The Nighthawk's Dive
What The Stones Know
Written In Winter
-- Table of Poems from Poem FinderŪ
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