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For My Daughter

When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
or forgotten you.
You were such a star to me,
following you through birth
and childhood, my hand
in your hand.

When I die
choose a star and name it
after me so that I may shine
down on you, until you join
me in darkness and silence
together.

—David Ignatow

from Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994
Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Conn.

Copyright 1993 by David Ignatow.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press from Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-1994. Copyright 1993 by David Ignatow. For further permissions information, contact Tom Radko, Director, Wesleyan University Press, tradko@wesleyan.edu

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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.