John Frederick Nims

1913–1999
John Frederick Nims
An important translator and previous editor of Poetry magazine, John Frederick Nims (1913—1999) was equally skilled as a poet. Although Nims was born in Michigan, he spent most of his life on the other side of the lake, in Chicago. Generally a classicist in technique, Nims is also well known for his witty epigrams.

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    In 1912, Harriet Monroe founded Poetry magazine as a forum for modernist poetry. Featured are poems by George Dillon and John Frederick Nims, former editors of Poetry.

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John Frederick Nims

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An important translator and previous editor of Poetry magazine, John Frederick Nims (1913—1999) was equally skilled as a poet. Although Nims was born in Michigan, he spent most of his life on the other side of the lake, in Chicago. Generally a classicist in technique, Nims is also well known for his witty epigrams.

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