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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Fabrication Of Ancestors

For old Billy Dugan, shot in the ass in the Civil War, my father said.

The old wound in my ass
has opened up again, but I
am past the prodigies
of youth’s campaigns, and weep
where I used to laugh
in war’s red humors, half
in love with silly-assed pains

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