Y’all, I am going to see James Tate read tomorrow, and I CANNOT WAIT. If you’re in Los Angeles and you have nothing to do at 4:30 pm tomorrow, you should come too. It’s free, and it’s James Tate.
If you need a little help remembering why you should love James Tate, go read “The Lost Pilot.” Tate’s father was a B-17 copilot killed on a bombing mission over Germany during WWII the year Tate was born. As a child, Tate was told that his father’s body had never been found (though he later discovered this wasn’t actually true). Once you know that, the poem becomes even more gorgeous.
Anyway, go read it, and — wait, Tumblr won’t let me insert hyperlinks in photo captions? Well, this is the ugly way to do it, but here you go: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177311