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Author: John Godfrey

John Godfrey was born in Massena, New York in 1945. He integrated a kindergarten in a working-class second- generation Japanese neighborhood in Honolulu. Three years later he attended the public school in Bennington, Vermont for five years, followed by a year in Albany, New York. In 1960 he was relocated to Farmers Branch, Texas and finished high school in Dallas. He graduated from Princeton in 1967. Halfway through that alienating experience, in 1965, he was opened up to "The New American Poetry," particularly the New York avant-garde poetry culture of the time. He has lived in the East Village of Manhattan since the end of the 1960s. He has been employed as a waiter, a furniture mover, in an industrial laundry, as a farm worker in Wyoming, and as a janitor (in a San Francisco rock'n'roll studio). Returned to New York, he was an assistant editor for an art magazine, a type shop messenger, and then proofreader-dispatcher in the same shop, followed by a number of years in the alternative economy. There followed a period of language-journalism- political history studies in Thailand. After fulfilling prerequisites he earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University and licensure as a Registered Nurse in 1994. From 1994 to 2003 he was a visiting nurse in the maternal-pediatric HIV/AIDS homecare program of St. Mary's Hospital for Children. In 2003 he moved to the HIV/AIDS clinic at Kings County Hospital Center in East Flatbush, which provided pediatric, maternal, adolescent, young adult, and gestational treatment services. He played a prominent role in the prevention of mother-to-newborn transmission of HIV in 325 out of 325 cases before his retirement in 2011. He has published sixteen collections of writing, including A TORCH FOR ORPHANS (Cuneiform Press, 2020), THE CITY KEEPTS: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS 1966-2014 (Wave Books, 2016), and others.

A Torch for Orphans
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A Torch for Orphans

Cuneiform Press

Poetry. "John Godfrey's poems keep the figures and voids, the letters and haunts, the anthems and hums all equally active. They work perspective from the inside-out, making through their cuts the world be worn as seen, on the streets-mind and felt u...

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The City Keeps: Selected and New Poems 1966-2014
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The City Keeps: Selected and New Poems 1966-2014

Wave Books

Poetry. John Godfrey's masterful body of work has sustained its attentive, lovesick, unruly energy for over 50 years. THE CITY KEEPS: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS 1996-2014 brings together the best poems from his 13 collections, plus some previously uncol...

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City of Corners
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City of Corners

Wave Books

Poetry. "While others are busy catching their own reflection in the storefront of poetry, Godfrey goes to work on the damage and squalor of the overlooked. His genius rings true"--Peter Gizzi. "The mysteries of language and feeling Godfrey's poetry ...

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Midnight on Your Left
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Midnight on Your Left

The Figures

Poetry. "In a time when most poems seem overlit as sit-coms, John Godfrey stirs up the necessary darkness."—Clark Coolidge

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Push the Mule
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Push the Mule

The Figures

Poetry. "John Godfrey is the ultimate American bard of the prose poem and our Rilke, delivering once-in-a-lifetime epiphanies in job lots. Reading him is hard because you keep hitting sentences whose truths are like heart attacks. You have to pause ...

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Tiny Gold Dress
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Tiny Gold Dress

Lunar Chandelier Press

Poetry. "The evanescent lilt of everyday rumination percolates through these wistful poems, ear bound to ambient eye's wry regrets and tender hopefulness. Perception becomes an aroma of reflection and infatuation in John Godfrey's fractured songs. H...

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