David Gewanter

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David Gewanter is author of four books of poetry: Fort Necessity (2018), War Bird (2009), The Sleep of Reason (2003), and In the Belly (1997), all published by the University of Chicago Press. He is also co-editor, with Frank Bidart, of Robert Lowell: Collected Poems (2007).

He earned a BA in Intellectual History from the University of Michigan, an MA and PhD in English at UC Berkeley, and then ran writing programs at Harvard. His work appears in Threepenny ReviewPoetry Magazine, Boston ReviewTriQuarterlyNew England Review, among others. His honors include the Whiting Emerging Writer’s Award, the Witter Bynner Fellowship (US Library of Congress), and a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Fellowship.

Gewanter is a professor of English at Georgetown University and former director of Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.


Your “x,” withdrawn, vengeful,
undertakes the spousal

rip-off. Quivering passion,
once neglected, murders love—

Kindness? “Justice”
is how greed frames
every divorce:

cupid’s backstabbing

From The Sleep of Reason (University of Chicago Press, 2003)



Reading with Charmaine Craig | November 27, 2018

Seminar| November 9, 2010

Reading | November 9, 2010

Societies of American Poetry: Dissenting Practices | February 22, 2003

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