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David Antin (b. 1932) is a poet, performance artist, and critic of art and literature. After studying linguistics at New York University, where he earned an M.A., Antin edited and translated several math and science books. He has pursued a career as a poet since 1955 and that of an art critic since 1964, serving as Educational Curator for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Director of the University of California—San Diego's Mandeville Art Gallery. He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN Los Angeles Award for Poetry (1984), and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent books include i never knew what time it was (2005) and John Cage Uncaged Is Still Cagey (2005).