Peter Dale Scott was born in Montreal in 1929, the
only son of the poet F.R. Scott and the painter Marian
Dale Scott. Before teaching as an English Professor at the
University of California, he served for four years as a
Canadian diplomat, at UN Assemblies and in Warsaw, Poland.
His chief poetry books include Coming to Jakarta: A
Poem About Terror (1989), Listening to the
Candle: A Poem on Impulse (1992), Minding the
Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000 (2000), Mosaic
Orpheus (2009), and Tilting Point (2012).
In 2002 he was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award. His chief
prose books include Drugs, Oil and War (2003), The
Road to 9/11 (2007), American War Machine
(2010), and The American Deep State (2014). He
is married to Ronna Kabatznick; and he has three children,
Cassie, Mika, and John Scott, by a previous marriage to