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date: 15 June 2024

Gioia, Danalocked

Gioia, Danalocked

  • Mark Royden Winchell


At least since the time of Horace, the poet-critic has been a fixture in Western civilization. Writing in the aftermath of modernism in a career that has now extended into the twenty-first century, the California neoformalist Dana Gioia is a notable recent example of this phenomenon. Gioia was born on 24 December 1950 to working-class parents in Los Angeles and grew up in nearby Hawthorne, California. (His father was a cabdriver of Sicilian descent, while his mother was a Mexican American who worked as an information operator for AT&T.) After graduating from Junipero Serra High School (where he belonged to the last generation to experience the Latin Mass), he entered Stanford University. Although he initially studied music with the intention of becoming a composer, Gioia's interests soon turned to poetry. At a time when other aspiring poets of his generation (and most of their available role models) were writing confessional lyrics in free verse, Dana Gioia came to poetry as a form of rhythmic expression.


  • North American Literatures

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