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Dana Gioia

Birthdate: 24. December 1950

Michael Dana Gioia is an American poet and writer. He spent the first fifteen years of his career writing at night while working for General Foods Corporation. After his 1991 essay "Can Poetry Matter?" in The Atlantic generated international attention, Gioia quit business to pursue writing full-time. He served as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts between 2003 and 2009. Gioia has published five books of poetry and three volumes of literary criticism as well as opera libretti, song cycles, translations, and over two dozen literary anthologies.

Gioia is the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California, where he now teaches, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum. In December 2015 he became the California State Poet Laureate. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Sonoma County, California. Wikipedia

„For thousands of years, poetry was taught badly, and consequently it was immensely popular“

—  Dana Gioia

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Essays, Can Poetry Matter? (1991), Poetry as Enchantment (2015)

„What we conceal
Is always more than what we dare confide.
Think of the letters that we write our dead.“

—  Dana Gioia

"Unsaid" http://www.danagioia.net/poems/unsaid.htm
Poetry, Interrogations at Noon (2001)

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„The Catholic writer really needs only three things to succeed: faith, hope and ingenuity“

—  Dana Gioia

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Essays, Can Poetry Matter? (1991), The Catholic Writer Today (2013)

„The writer needs good works—good literary ones“

—  Dana Gioia

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Essays, Can Poetry Matter? (1991), The Catholic Writer Today (2013)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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