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Author: DUGAN, ALAN
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Dugan, Alan    Poet's Biography
190 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


ACTUAL VISION OF MORNING'S EXTRUSION       
First Line: Grey smoke rose from the morning ground
Last Line: Reactively, could have in mind


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


AGAINST A SICKNESS: TO THE FEMALE DOUBLE PRINCIPLE GOD       
First Line: She said: 'I'm god and all'


AGAINST THE TEXT ART IS IMMORTAL       
First Line: All art is temporal. All art is lost
Last Line: Primitive musketeers, primitive chiselers. This time %we can really blast the beast of man to bits


AMERICAN TOURIST TO A GUATEMALAN TARANTULA       
First Line: You are the black prince of bananas


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


AMERICAN VARIATION ON HOW RILKE LOVED A PRINCESS AND GO TO STAY IN ...       
First Line: She said that underneath the surface
Last Line: I was a good american poet
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; United States


ANSWER TO THE RILKE QUESTION       
First Line: Wer, wenn ich schriee, horte mich denn aus der engel


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


AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL LIBATION TO ERATO MUSE OF LYRIC POETRY       
First Line: The baby-sized but skinny bronze statuette in a bronze grecian robe


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,


BAREFOOT HOMILETICS, AFTER WITTGENSTEIN AND BOSWELL       
First Line: Dew in the morning, dust at noon
Last Line: So, seek water. Avoid the shod


BOAST       
First Line: I've walked every walkable bridge


CARLA IS A HORSE LOVER       
First Line: Carla bought an old horse


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


CRITICISM BERGSON AND DARWIN       
First Line: The primeval fish was like a squid, all mouth


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


DEDICATION FOR A BUILDING       
First Line: The excavation for the new


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)


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


DYING SEAGULL AND THE GREAT WHORE OF THE WORLD       
First Line: The seagull sitting on the town beach must


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


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


ELEGY FOR A MAGICIAN       
First Line: Once I got so skinny


ELEGY FOR A PURITAN CONSCIENCE       
First Line: I closed my ears with stinging bugs


EMPIRICAL SCENE       
First Line: We saw a grand piano fall off a roof


ENVY OF NATURAL FORMAL LIBERTIES       
First Line: You birds stay out all night


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


FABRICATION OF ANCESTORS       
First Line: The old wound in my ass


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


FEBRUARY TWELFTH BIRTHDAYS STATEMENT       
First Line: That nameless son of a bitch of a critic


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


FOR AN OBLIGATE PARASITE       
First Line: Mother!, I am sick %of alcohol and grown up
Last Line: Who needs %them? Wills. Lovers. You
Subject(s): Hate


FOR MASTURBATION       
First Line: I have allowed myself


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 A STORY IN THE NEW YORK SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL SECTION       
First Line: When the french monks stole the bones
Variant Title(s): On A Travel Story From Wormwood Valle
Subject(s): New York Times (newspaper); Nuclear War


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


FUNERAL ORATION FOR A MOUSE       
First Line: This, lord, was an anxious brother and
Last Line: Into the common death beyond the mousetrap


GARGOYLE'S SONG FOR THE WARMING TREND       
First Line: I am a sewer


GLAD AT THE COLD (1955)       
First Line: The live storm went through last night


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.)


HOW WE HEARD THE NAME       
First Line: The river brought down %dead horses, dead men
Last Line: All of you ba-bas %will hear of as a god


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


IN MEMORIUM: AURELIUS BATTAGLIA       
First Line: Aurelius battaglia, the greatest loudmouth in the world


INTERNAL MIGRATION: ON BEING ON TOUR       
First Line: As an american traveler I have


INTRODUCTON TO THE TELEPHONE       
First Line: The telephone rang in the grocery store


KNOW THYSELF       
First Line: I must have meant something to her because she named her dog
Last Line: Along the atlantic coast while marshall zhukov took %the final kennel and won that mad dog's dehuman


LAMENT FOR CELLISTS AND JACQUELINE DUPRE       
First Line: When the beautiful cellist jacqueline dupre


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


LAST STATEMENT FOR A LAST ORACLE       
First Line: After this oracle there will be no more oracles


LET HEROES ACCOUNT TO LOVE       
First Line: I too was born out of a lion's mouth


LETTER TO EVE       
First Line: The lion and lioness are intractable
Last Line: And want to know how I will choose


LOVE AND MONEY       
First Line: The united states of america is like a conviction


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


LOVE SONG: I AND THOU       
First Line: Nothing is plumb, level or square
Last Line: A help, a love, a you, a life
Subject(s): Love - Marital


MARXIST ANALYSIS OF THE FIFTH LABOR OF HERCULES       
First Line: The augean stables were so full of horseshit


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


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR INVASION BEACH WHERE VACATION IN FLESH IS OVER       
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


MEMORIES OF 1936-7       
First Line: When I walked my nazi girlfriend


MEMORIES OF A BOSS IN AN AD AGENCY       
First Line: He walked around dictating


MEMORIES OF THE BOWERY       
First Line: Pray for me and die rotten'


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


MEMORIES OF VERDUN       
First Line: The men laughed and baaed like sheep
Last Line: I was afraid of nothing, a death; %they were afraid of less,its lieutenant
Subject(s): World War I


MIRROR PERILOUS       
First Line: I guess there is a garden named
Last Line: Possessed of an echo but not a fate


MOCK TRANSLATION FROM THE GREEK       
First Line: Both erato the muse of lyric poetry and mime


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


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


MONOLOGUE FOR A SIXTH AVENUE SCREAMER       
First Line: You don't know anything about city life


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


NIGHT SCENCE BEFORE COMBAT       
First Line: There are trucks going down our street tonight


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


NOMENCLATURE       
First Line: My mother never heard of freud
Last Line: Prosthesis does not speak french


NOT TO CHOOSE       
First Line: I should be someplace else
Last Line: To begin again in another state


NOTE       
First Line: This is what your cat does


NOTE: THE SEA GRINDS THINGS UP       
First Line: It's going on now
Last Line: It's a lonely situation


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 BENIGN BEUREAUCRATIZATION OF DEATH       
First Line: After my father died fighting


ON A DESOLATION OF THE ANIMALS AT NIGHT       
First Line: I used to think that the animals


ON A FALLEN STATUE FORBIDDEN TO THE WOMEN AT POMPEII       
First Line: I was the only man in the world


ON A MYTH ON A CONVENTIONAL WISDOM       
First Line: Who has more fun in bed, men or women


ON A POCKETKNIFE. ON CARRYING       
First Line: If only a maniac possessed it


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


ON A SKUNKED FOX       
First Line: I found out where the smell was coming from


ON A SUMMER GODDESS WHO SHOULD BE NAMELESS       
First Line: There are two things you have


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 AN EAST WIND FROM THE WARS       
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 BEING A HOUSEHOLDER       
First Line: I lived inside a machine


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 BEING OUT-CLASSED BY CLASS       
First Line: Where I came from is torn down
Last Line: Up art! Up the I.R.A!
Subject(s): Dugan, Alan (1923-2003)


ON FINDING THE TREE OF LIFE       
First Line: If there is an outside out there


ON FINGERNAILS IN BLOODY TIMES       
First Line: God help the fingernails


ON FISHING BEING A CHANCY LIFE       
First Line: Once my wife and I were invited out trap-fishing


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 FLOWERS. ON NEGATIVE EVOLUTION       
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 And Gardening


ON HALLOWEEN       
First Line: The gorilla mask got put away


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


ON HURRICANE JACKSON       
First Line: Now his nose's bridge is broken, one eye
Last Line: To the statistical sparta of the champs


ON LEAVING TOWN       
First Line: This must be a bad dream. We will wake up


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


ON NAMING A BABY MIMOSA       
First Line: Oh sensitive mimosa, you have


ON PLUMBING AFTER AN AIR RAID       
First Line: The houses have dropped their bricks


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


ON THE DEATH OF NORMAN DUKES       
First Line: When the poet was dying of cancer


ON THE ELK, UNWITNESSED       
First Line: The frantic elk climb from the valleys to escape the flies
Last Line: Into the sky, too, that is the cycle of the really stung


ON THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD SYSTEM       
First Line: I used to hate to ride the long island railroad trains


ON TRADING TIME FOR LIFE BY WORK       
First Line: The receptionist has shiny fingernails
Last Line: Of the transcendence printed on the product


ON TREES       
First Line: Don't talk to me about trees having branches and roots


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


ONE USED TO BE ABLE TO SAY       
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters


OXYMORONIC HOSPITAL BLUES       
First Line: I knew it was going to end badly


PERVERSE EXPLANATION FOR MUTILATED STATUARY       
First Line: Her hair was made of poisonous snakes


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


PLAGUE OF DEAD SHARKS       
First Line: Who knows whether the sea heals or corrodes?


POEM       
First Line: After your first poetry reading


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


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


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


POEMS       
First Line: What's the balm
Subject(s): Aging


PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: The captive flourished like


PORTRAIT       
First Line: The captive flourished like %a mushroom in his oubliette
Last Line: Detention in their stone dismay %unaided


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


PORTRAIT FROM THE INFANTRY       
First Line: He smelled bad and was red-eyed with the miseries
Last Line: Isn't he awful?' she said
Subject(s): Soldiers; World War Ii


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


PRAYER       
First Line: God, I need a job because I need money
Subject(s): Poverty; Unemployment


PRETRIAL HEARING       
First Line: I thought she was a liberated woman


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


PRISON SONG       
First Line: The skin ripples over my body like moon-wooed water
Last Line: And set off fireworks to praise a homemade day


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


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


PROVINCETOWN TOTENTANZ       
First Line: It's obscene, the way you have a girl's voice


REMEMBERING AN ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE       
First Line: He had a back office in his older brother's


RETRACTION       
First Line: I gave up art because


SEXIST LAMENT: RUIN BY MONITOR       
First Line: When you came in the office saying hi


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


SOLILOQUY: GHOST DANCE FOR A CRIPPLE       
First Line: Something has happened to the air: a fly


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


SPACE IS NOT MERELY A BACKGROUND FOR EVENTS - EINSTEIN       
First Line: As an individual penance when my nothing


SPEECH FOR AUDEN       
First Line: You were out when I called


SPEECH TO THE STUDENT CLOWNS AT THE CIRCUS CLOWN SCHOOL       
First Line: You innocents who want to play the clown


SPRING SONG FOR SYMPLOCARPUS FOETIDA AND ME       
First Line: Any plant that makes its own spring


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


STORY FOR ACTORS       
First Line: There's a story that a traveling greek actor


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


STUTTERER       
First Line: Courage: your tongue has left
Last Line: Down to the old mill stream %where lies of love are fair
Subject(s): Speech Disorders


SUBURBAN EXORCISM       
First Line: When the witches' coven across the street


SURVIVING THE HURRICANE       
First Line: When the neighbor's outhouse went by


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


SWING SHIFT BLUES       
First Line: What is better than leaving a bar
Last Line: That we don't go to when he's there


TAKEOFF ON ARMAGEDDON       
First Line: As we tour the field in the pause


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?


THESIS, ANTITHESIS, AND NOSTALGIA       
First Line: Not even dried-up leaves
Last Line: The writer and the named are gone


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


TO A COLLEAGUE. FROM THE COUNTRY       
First Line: I'm jealous of your life. What
Last Line: Crocuses appear in rockefeller center's channel gardens: %fall, it is not so bad at dugan's edge


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 A RED-HEADED DO-GOOD WAITRESS       
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


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


TOURISTIC NOTE FROM THE GULF       
First Line: As the fisherman pulled up against the giant manta ray


TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR A NIGHT SHIFT       
First Line: It is the kind of raw and changeable afternoon


TRIBUTE TO KAFKA FOR SOMEONE TAKEN       
First Line: The party is going strong


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


UNTITLED POEM       
First Line: Once, one of my students read a book we had


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


WALL, CAVE, AND PILLAR STATEMENTS, AFTER ASOKA       
First Line: In order to perfect all readers
Last Line: Other graffiti of the prisoners of this world


WEEDS AS PARTIAL SURVIVORS       
First Line: The chorus of the weeds, unnameably
Last Line: Lines of our harrowed grains


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


WHY THERE IS NO CLASS SOLIDARITY IN AMERICA I READ IT       
First Line: An italian in hackensack got mad


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