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Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming 99 Poems: New & Selected (Graywolf, 2016), and three books of essays. Winner of the American Book Award in poetry, he is the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California and is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Meditation on a Line From Novalis

Winter 2016 | Poetry

When his beloved Sophie died, Novalis 
Lay by her grave and wept himself to sleep.
On the third night she met him in a dream.
He woke transformed, longing for the last trance,
“When sleep shall be without waking.” 

Meet Me at the Lighthouse

Summer 2015 | Poetry

Meet me at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach,
That shabby, squat nightclub on its foggy pier.
Let’s aim for the summer of ’71,
When all of our friends were young and immortal.

Film Noir

Winter 2013 | Poetry

It’s a farm town in the August heat
With a couple of bars along Main Street.
A jukebox moans from an open door