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Author: DUGAN, ALAN
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Dugan, Alan    Poet's Biography
74 poems available by this author


851    Poem Text    
First Line: A flying pigeon hit me on a fall day
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ACCOMMODATION TO DETROIT    Poem Text    
First Line: When good people die they become worms in detroit, they day
Subject(s): Hamtramck, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan; Death; Dead, The


ACTUAL VISION OF MORNING'S EXTRUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Grey smoke rose from the morning ground


ADMONITOR: A PEARL FOR ARROGANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: In winter a crow flew at my head


AMERICAN VARIATION ON HOW RILKE LOVED A PRINCESS AND GO TO STAY IN ...    Poem Text    
First Line: She said that underneath the surface
Last Line: Cling to your knife
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; United States; America


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: The old man in shining black, with the immense black umbrella


ASIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the el on sunday afternoon


AUBADE: CHANT OF THE INNOCENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: I shall arise in the morning and make my bed


BAREFOOT FOR A SCORPION    Poem Text    
First Line: The color of the sac and stinger of the scorpion
Subject(s): Scorpions


BAREFOOT HOMILETICS, AFTER WITTGENSTEIN AND BOSWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Dew in the morning, dust at noon,


CONSPIRACY OF TWO AGAINST THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were out of love


DEDICATION FOR A BUILDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Excavation for the new
Subject(s): Bellevue Hospital, New York City


DRUNKEN MEMORIES OF ANNE SEXTON    Poem Text    
First Line: The first and last time I met
Last Line: As I drank the lees of her wine
Subject(s): Memory; Sexton, Anne (1928-1974)


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: I know but will not tell
Last Line: Father, hello and goodbye
Subject(s): Death; Fathers; Dead, The


FABRICATION OF ANCESTORS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The old wound in my ass
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry


FAMILY SCENE: YOUNG VET AND RELATIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: He will smile and corroborate the evidence


FLOWER GROWER IN AQUARIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: I fell away toward death


FOR AN OBLIGATE PARASITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother!, I am sick / of alcohol and grown up
Last Line: Them? Wills. Lovers. You
Subject(s): Hate


FREE VARIATION ON A TRANSLATION FROM GREEK    Poem Text    
First Line: In times of peace and good government


FROM A STORY IN THE NEW YORK SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL SECTION       
First Line: When the french monks stole the bones
Last Line: They join our general incest of dust or fire
Variant Title(s): On A Travel Story From Wormwood Valley
Subject(s): New York Times (Newspaper); Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


FROM HERACLITUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Matter is palsy; the land heaving, water


HIS HANDS HAVE FIVE KNIVES EACH    Poem Text    
First Line: The birth of seventh avenue


HOW WE HEARD THE NAME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The river brought down
Subject(s): War; Alexander The Great (356-323 B.c.)


IMPERIAL SONG FOR WARMTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow that makes graces on a soldier's sleeve
Subject(s): Soldiers; Snow


LANDFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The curtains belly in the waking room


LOVE SONG: I AND THOU    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Nothing is plumb, level, or square:
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


LOVE SONG: I AND THOU    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing is plumb, level or square
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR INVASION BEACH WHERE VACATION IN FLESH IS OVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I see that there it is on the beach
Last Line: And barely can not hear them calling, “here's one”
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


MEMORIES OF VERDUN    Poem Text    
First Line: The men laughed and baaed like sheep
Last Line: They were afraid of less, its lieutenant
Subject(s): World War I; Verdun, Battle Of (1916); First World War


MOCKERY AGAINST THE IRISH CENSORSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Ireland was better in its dream
Last Line: With american insult! Irish sense is dead
Subject(s): Censorship


MONOLOGUE OF A COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


NATURAL ENEMIES OF THE CONCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The first point of the shell
Subject(s): Conch


NIAGARA FALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: We saw it all. We saw the souvenir shops, and sitting
Subject(s): Niagara Falls


NOMENCLATURE    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother never heard of freud


NOTES TOWARD A SPRING OFFENSIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I begin again in may, describing weather, how
Subject(s): Spring


OASIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Whelped from blackness by a pressure of rocks


ON A SEVEN-DAY DIARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh I got up and went to work
Last Line: Refreshed but tired by the weekend
Subject(s): Diaries


ON AN EAST WIND FROM THE WARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind came in for several thousand miles all night
Last Line: Your children’s new names in the tombstone of thin air
Subject(s): War


ON AN EAST WIND FROM THE WARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind came in for several thousand miles all night
Subject(s): War


ON BEING OUT-CLASSED BY CLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where I came from is torn down
Last Line: Up art! Up the I.R.A.!
Subject(s): Immigrants: Irish-americans


ON FLOWERS. ON NEGATIVE EVOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When the front-end loader ran over my wife's montauk daisies
Last Line: Have been more careful with my wife's god-damned daisies
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


ON HURRICANE JACKSON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Jackson, Tommy Hurricane (1931-1982); Boxing & Boxers


ON LOOKING FOR MODELS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The trees in time


ON RAPE UNATTEMPTED    Poem Text    
First Line: Be alive, they say, when I
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


ON ZERO    Poem Text    
First Line: The man who first saw nothing


ONE USED TO BE ABLE TO SAY    Poem Text    
Last Line: Even pollute the people under his own roof
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents


PLAGUE OF DEAD SHARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Who knows whether the sea heals or corrodes?
Subject(s): Sharks


POEM FOR ELLIOT CARTER ON HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I was walking behind elliot carter
Last Line: Playing anyway, invisibly unheard
Subject(s): Birthdays


POEMS    Poem Text    
First Line: What's the balm
Last Line: For the flowers anyhow
Subject(s): Aging


PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The captive flourished like


PORTRAIT FROM THE INFANTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: He smelled bad and was red-eyed with the miseries
Last Line: Him back up. “isn't he awful?” she said
Subject(s): Soldiers; World War Ii; Second World War


PRAYER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: God, I need a job because I need money
Last Line: I need a job again. I’m caught in a steel cycle
Subject(s): Poverty; Unemployment


PRISON SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The skin ripples over my body like moon-wooed water
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Convicts


PRO-NUKE BLUES       
First Line: Bloom you flowers while you can
Subject(s): Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


SOLDIER    Poem Text    
First Line: Having felt and forgotten the wind during the time for wind


SONG FOR A DEFORMED PRINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: If lovers war


STENTOR AND MOURNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sunday was calm and airy


STUTTERER    Poem Text    
First Line: Courage: your tongue has left
Last Line: Where lies of love are fair
Subject(s): Speech Disorders; Stuttering; Muteness


SWING SHIFT BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: What is better than leaving a bar


THE BRANCHES OF WATER OR DESIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine that the fast life of a bird


THE CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST I LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Proud, full of sense in nervous instances


THE EXPLORER    Poem Text    
First Line: The native girls were dirty, he never mentioned


THE MARTYR    Poem Text    
First Line: That he was guilty of those fantastic charges


THE WORKING WORLD'S BLOODY FLUX    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you do if you meet a witch?


THREE AS A MAGIC NUMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Three times dark, first in the mind


TO A RED-HEADED DO-GOOD WAITRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every morning I went to her charity and learned
Last Line: A policeman and a wrong sonnet in fifteen lines
Subject(s): Restaurants; Sonnets (As Literary Form); Cafes; Diners


TO SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Love's arsenal is dark
Subject(s): Sleep


TUESDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: There are no lovers in the park tonight. O no
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


VARIATION OF THEMES BY ROETHKE & ELIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: The child signed the steamed pane


VARIATION ON A THEME BY STEVENS    Poem Text    
First Line: In fall and whiskey weather when


WALL, CAVE, AND PILLAR STATEMENTS, AFTER ASôKA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In order to perfect all readers
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


WHAT THE HELL, RAGE, GIVE IN TO NATURAL GRACES    Poem Text    
First Line: She walks. This never has


WINTER'S ONSET FROM AN ALIENATED POINT OF VIEW    Poem Text    
First Line: The first cold front came in
Subject(s): Winter


YOUNG GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: All her lief she had been chasing him as fast as she could go