William F Dougherty

Rookie - 7 Points (West Hartford, CT)

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  • Rookie - 317 Points Jim Hogg (12/1/2012 6:11:00 AM)

    For depth and density of analysis, breadth of learning, mastery of detail. connection and concept, his criticism compares with the very best. A mind to admire, work to learn from and his commitment to his art leaves me in awe.

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  • Rookie - 72 Points Scotty Dogg (10/8/2012 7:56:00 PM)

    William, you still on the site? Just wondering. S

  • Rookie - 72 Points Robert Dyer (4/28/2012 2:11:00 AM)

    Anyone who dares to challenge the two poems who, to my mind, soar over English poetry, Epithalamion and Notes towards a supreme fiction, has my instantaneous respect. I will read more.

  • Rookie - 72 Points Mark Pollins (4/27/2012 11:24:00 PM)

    it's great to come upon a true poet on the PoemHunter circuit

  • Rookie - 317 Points Jim Hogg (4/26/2012 8:59:00 AM)

    A virtuoso at work. Long may he continue to produce such authentic poetry.

  • Rookie - 317 Points Francis X. Burns (4/20/2012 9:20:00 PM)

    Work here reads like a study in poetic forms: open lyrics, sonnets, villanelles, triolets, couplets, tercets, epigrams,
    haiku, clerihews, even a sestina. Professional at work.

Owl Light

The mole catacombed under dripping roots,
gnawing grubs like clustered shrimp, pulpy white
dangling in gloom. In the oak, patient hoots

practiced the dark; tiny hands tunneled and scooped
processions of mounds: a breach of lunar light
the owl distinguished from his drift and swooped,

spread grasping hooks, honed keen as his sight,

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