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Donald Justice—Interviews with Poets
Offers extensive bio and links to twelve of his poems.
Happiness: The Aesthetics of Donald Justice
An essay on Donald Justice by Mark Jarman on the Blackbird website.
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Donald Justice
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Donald Justice

In 1925, Donald Justice was born in Miami, Florida.

A graduate of the University of Miami, he attended the universities of North Carolina, Stanford, and Iowa. His books include New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995); A Donald Justice Reader (1991); The Sunset Maker (1987), a collection of poems, stories and a memoir; Selected Poems (1979), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize; Departures (1973); Night Light (1967); and The Summer Anniversaries (1959), which received the Academy's Lamont Poetry Selection.

He has held teaching positions at Syracuse University, the University of California at Irvine, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Iowa, and from 1982 until his retirement in 1992, he taught at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

He won the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1991 and has received grants in poetry from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

He lived with his wife, Jean Ross, in Iowa City, until his death on August 6, 2004.

Poems by
Donald Justice

Ode to a Dressmaker's Dummy

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