Treasure Island

Alan Dugan

(12 February 1923 - 3 September 2003 / New York City, New York)

Quotations

  • ''Nothing is plumb, level or square:
    the studs are bowed, the joists
    are shaky by nature,''
    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, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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  • ''bent nails
    dance all over the surfacing
    like maggots''
    Alan 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, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''I can nail my left palm
    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.''
    Alan 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, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.

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Nomenclature

My mother never heard of Freud
and she decided as a little girl
that she would call her husband Dick
no matter what his first name was
and did. He called her Ditty. They
called me Bud, and our generic names
amused my analyst. That must, she said,
explain the crazy times I had in bed
and quoted Freud: "Life is pain."

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