John Logan (poet)

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John B. Logan (born 1923, Red Oak, Iowa - died November 6, 1987, San Francisco, California) was an American poet and teacher.[1]

Logan was born in Red Oak, Iowa. He earned a bachelor's degree from Coe College, his master's degree from the Iowa University, and did graduate work at Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame in philosophy.[2]

He authored over 14 books of poetry and essays including Spring of the Thief (1963) and Only the Dreamer Can Change the Dream, which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize in 1982. The poet Hayden Carruth has written that Logan was responsible for "creating a new lyricism" through his poetry.

Logan taught at many colleges and universities including Saint John's College in Annapolis, University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College in California, and, finally at the State University of New York, Buffalo. His many students include the poets Marvin Bell and Bill Knott.

He was the poetry editor for The Nation and Critic. He also founded and co-edited Choice.

Logan died on November 6, 1987, in San Francisco, CA.[3]


  • Rockefeller Foundation grant
  • Morton Dauwen Zabel Award
  • 1979 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1981 Lenore Marshall/Nation Poetry Prize.[4]
  • Wayne State University's Miles Modern Poetry Prize




  • The House That Jack Built: or, A Portrait of the Artist as a Sensualist, (1974)
  • China, Old and New, (1982)
  • A Ballet for the Ear: Interviews, Essays, and Reviews, (1983)
  • John Logan: The Collected Fiction, (1991)


FEW of the American poets now in their 50's have placed the personal, the psychological, as squarely at the center of their work as the preceding generation, that of Lowell and Berryman, did. John Logan -three decades of whose work are brought together in these two books - is one of the few.[5]


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