Alan Dugan was an American poet. His poetry is known for its plain and direct language, though it is supported by technical skill; it is generally trenchant and ironic in its criticism of American life and received ideas, and in its frank sensuality alike.
Dugan grew up in Jamaica, Queens in New York City and served in World War II, experiences which entered his poetry though he avoided simple autobiography or confession. He later lived in Truro on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where he directed the Fine Arts Work Center and was a mentor and teacher to younger poets for decades.
Dugan's work was published in successive numbered collections under the simple title ... more »
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- On Looking for Models
- On A Seven-Day Diary
- On Hurricane Jackson
- Love Song: I And Thou
- How We Heard The Name
- On The Civil War On The East Coast Of Th...
- Prison Song
- Fabrication Of Ancestors
- Plague Of Dead Sharks
- Untitled Poem - I
- Untitled Poem - II
- Wall, Cave, And Pillar Statements, After...
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''Nothing is plumb, level or square:Alan Dugan (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Love Song: I and Thou (l. 1-3). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, e...
the studs are bowed, the joists
are shaky by nature,''
''bent nailsAlan Dugan (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Love Song: I and Thou (l. 5-7). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, e...
dance all over the surfacing
''I can nail my left palmAlan Dugan (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Love Song: I and Thou (l. 27-31). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair,...
to the left-hand cross-piece but
I can't do everything myself.
I need a hand to nail the right,
a help, a love, a you, a wife.''
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