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Daniel Halpern

Daniel Halpern is the author of nine collections of poetry. He was editor of Antaeus. He has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, as well as the Editor’s Award given by Poets and Writers and the Maxwell Perkins Award. He taught in the Columbia MFA writing program, and, with James Michener, founded The National Poetry Series. Halpern was publisher of Ecco and Executive Editor at Knopf.


Styles of Eating

Winter 2023 | Poetry

She’d gathered ramps in the woods, although she found them
A hyperbole of the food world, an over-priced scallion

With a finish of garlic scapes. But finding them in the forest,
He thought, and picking them with her strong hands,

The Dance

No one's dancing here tonight. Wouldn't you know it. The cat in profile smiles at the light, the rain is just a little sound on the metal of the roof—out of season. The cat doesn't dance and I wouldn't watch if she did, Her little soul though dance [...]

Sunday Avenue

It's Sunday again, but there will be no calls home, no walks east in Manhattan to the docks, or to the bakeries south of Houston Street. Only muted sun off the Avenue and wilted endive for a snack and Riesling from Oregon. Geographical, restrained, [...]

Night Scene

for Bill The train passes through the night, through tunnels like the night, through open fields, at night. The elemental racket of the rails through the wine country of Umbria keeps the two of us alert but saying nothing, the wind whistling the sec [...]