“The Bagel” by David Ignatow
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
I stopped to pick up the bagel rolling away in the wind, annoyed with myself for having dropped it as if it were a portent. Faster and faster it rolled, with me running after it bent low, gritting my teeth, and I found myself doubled over and rolling down the street head over heels, one complete somersault after another like a bagel and strangely happy with myself.
from Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994
Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Conn.
Copyright 1993 by David Ignatow.
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About the Poet
David Ignatow (1914–1997) authored and published over 25 books, including Living is What I Wanted: Last Poems (BOA Editions, 1999). He is remembered as a poet who wrote popular verse about the common man and the issues encountered in daily life.
Learn more about David Ignatow at The Poetry Foundation.