James Tate

(b. 1943)

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poet born in Kansas City, a member of the English department at the University of Massachusetts (1971–), came to prominence aged only 23 when his The Lost Pilot (1967) won the award of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He was praised by Robert Lowell for his “low-keyed, offhand style,” counterpointing “feelings of estrangement, anger, and self-abasing humor,” and noted too for his wit. Later lyrics have been collected in The Oblivion Ha-Ha (1970), Absences (1972), Viper Jazz (1976), Riven Doggeries (1979), Constant Defender (1983), and other publications.

Subjects: Literature.

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