John Taggart

John Taggart

About John Taggart

John Taggart (born 1942) is an American poet and critic. He published his first volume of poetry To Construct a Clock in 1971, followed by The Pyramid Is Pure Crystal in 1974. He is the author of 13 collections of poetry, including Is Music: New and Selected Poems (2010), Pastorelles (2004), and Dodeka (1979). His prose includes There Are Birds (2008), Songs of Degrees: Essays on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (1994), and Remaining in Light: Ant Meditations on a Painting by Edward Hopper (1993). He was awarded the Commonwealth Award for Academic Service from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a Pushcart Prize, and the Chicago Review Poetry Prize, as well as two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and one from the Ford Foundation.
He was Professor of English and Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Shippensburg University; he retired in 2001.

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