David Melnick

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David Melnick (born in 1938) is an American poet. Melnick has written four books of poetry to date: Eclogs (1972); PCOET (1975); Men in Aida, Book One (1983), and A Pin's Fee.

Melnick is commonly regarded as a language poet. Excerpts from PCOET and Men in Aida appeared in Ron Silliman's anthology In the American Tree.

Melnick's work PCOET is a collection of short poems apparently rendered in a nonsense language with only the slightest resemblance to English; Men in Aida is a homophonic translation of Book One of Homer's Iliad into a farcical bathhouse scenario, suggesting underlying homoeroticism in the original text.


  • David Melnick, Eclogs, 1972
  • --, PCOET, 1975
  • --, Men in Aida, Book One, Tuumba Press, Berkeley, 1983
  • --, A Pin's Fee

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