William F Dougherty

Rookie - 54 Points (West Hartford, CT)

William F Dougherty Poems

1. Triolet For Miz Muse 4/4/2012
2. La Belle Dame Whetted 6/1/2012
3. Living Wills 6/1/2012
4. Percy Shelley And Mary (17) Elope: Father Hires A Hack To Slander Them 6/6/2012
5. Bamboozled 6/6/2012
6. Inked On Pillowcase 3/4/2013
7. This Land He Owns 9/14/2012
8. Introducing A. D. Hope Conquistador 6/28/2012
9. Sparrowfall 9/4/2012
10. Mistress Molly 3/4/2013
11. A Provisional. Revision B 8/8/2012
12. The Crab Sonnets Iii 8/11/2012
13. Don Fragyle Enters The Lists 8/25/2012
14. Reflex 5/19/2012
15. Her Lithic Look 2/11/2011
16. Crystal Cadenza Rev. 6/6/2012
17. Sartorial Style 4/7/2012
18. Rural Delivery: Calendar Of Correlatives 7/23/2012
19. September 11,2001 9/6/2012
20. Metamorphosis 7/10/2012
21. Princely Education At Eastcheap 3/4/2013
22. Morning In Carbonated Light 4/8/2012
23. First Footprint 4/7/2012
24. Flat Fishing 2/11/2011
25. Paper Cache 4/4/2012
26. Night Crows 4/4/2012
27. Asterisk For Audubon Rev 7/19/2012
28. Dark Of The Wheel 4/4/2012
29. Rhyme In Defense Of A Friend's Sonnet 6/24/2009
30. Mrs. Hawkheart 12/26/2010
31. Theatrics 4/18/2012
32. Sketch For Sanctuary In Elizabeth Park 5/14/2012
33. Three More Haiku 4/1/2012
34. Paleolithic 4/4/2012
35. Steel With Stigmas 2/11/2011
36. Girl With Waltz-Blue Eyes 6/24/2009
37. Riverscape 8/22/2010
38. Early Version: Sanctuary, Elizabeth Park 4/27/2012
39. The Crab Sonnets I 4/9/2012
40. Lamia In Blackburn Wood 4/6/2012
Best Poem of William F Dougherty

Wallace Stevens: The Click Of Marbled Orbs

(Sonnet as Keynote to WS)

The stout man puffs on his Havana cigar
And picks canary chords on his blue guitar,
Fashions flawed words and spindrift sounds
Into day-glow verbs and glass-blown nouns.
How much the notion of a supreme fiction
Derives from bric-a-brac and spiffy diction
None knows. Say his thickest absolutes
Derive from blue rotundities of fruits:
His crispest jugglery performs the feat
Of hardening stealthy points into concrete
Trombones, sausage-makers, cattle skulls,
And pettifogging buds. His monocle's
Univocal, a prop ...

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The Zipper

[from the Crab Sonnets]

They sank a silver zipper in my chest:
a foot of snag-toothed staples used to chain
the cavity where cancer bloomed its yeast.
The lovely morphine drips: I don't complain.
I feel aloof; the nurses glide like ghosts,
their chat like crinkled cellophane: I sway
upon an inner stalk each time I'm dosed.

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