Where the pulp lifts its germ and the sludge of beauty sighs, where the leaf pulls the branch to the breathy earth, where the rind cracks and buds rust into petals, where the clove steams and cinnamon bark spits out cinnamon air, where roots sweat and the earth boils in curds of steaming mud, where the stem
Born in New York City on September 26, 1929, Ned O'Gorman spent most of his early life in Southport, Connecticut, and Bradford, Vermont. After graduating from Saint Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, in 1953, he pursued graduate work at Columbia University. He later founded the Children's Storefront School in Harlem.
O'Gorman was the author of six books of poetry, Five Seasons of Obsession: New and Selected Poems (Books & Co., September 2001), The Flag the Hawk Flies (1972), The Harvesters' Vase (1968), The Buzzard and the Peacock (1964), Adam Before His Mirror (1961), and The Night of the Hammer, which was the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1958.
He was the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and the Rothko Chapel Award for Commitment to Truth and Freedom.
O'Gorman taught at Brooklyn College, the New School, and Manhattan College. He died on March 7, 2014, in New York City.
A Selected Bibliography
The Night of the Hammer (1958)
Adam Before the Mirror (1961)
The Harvesters' Vase (1968)
The Flag the Hawk Flies (1972)
Five Seasons of Obsession: New and Selected Poems (2001)
The Storefront: A Community of Children on 129th Street and Madison Avenue (1970)
The Wilderness and the Laurel Tree: A Guide for Teachers and Parents on the Observation of Children (1972)
Children Are Dying (1978)