Irving Feldman is a poet whose works are noted for their civility, gracious irony, and a self-knowledge that is sometimes pierced by self-mockery.
Feldman’s poems confront the historical catastrophes of the twentieth century, particularly the Holocaust, by discovering in their remnants some permanent measure of what has been lost. The long, title poem in All of Us Here, a series of meditations on George Segal’s white plaster casts of people, speaks of ordinary lives with authority and grace. His books include Works and Days (1961), The Pripet Marshes (1965), Magic Papers (1970), Lost Originals (1972), Leaping Clear (1976), New and Selected Poems (1979), Teach Me, Dear Sister (1983), All of Us Here (1986), The Life and Letters (1994), Beautiful False Things: Poems (2000), and Collected Poems: 1954-2004 (2004).
Feldman is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
Feldman received a B.S. (1950) from the City University of New York’s City College and an M.A. (1953) from Columbia University.