Laurence "Laurie" James Duggan is an Australian poet, editor, and translator.
Laurie Duggan was born in Melbourne and attended Monash University, where his friends included the poets Alan Wearne and John A. Scott. Both he and Scott won the Monash Poetry Prize. He moved to Sydney in 1972 and became involved with the poetry scene there, in particular with John Tranter, John Forbes, Ken Bolton and Pam Brown. Duggan lectured at Swinburne College (1976) and Canberra College of Advanced Education (1983).
His poetry grows out of contemplation of moments and found texts. His interest in bricolage started early: while still at Monash he was working on a series of 'Merz poems', short poems about discarded objects, inspired by the work of Kurt Schwitters. His book-length poem The Ash Range (1987) uses diaries, journals of pioneers, and newspaper articles in its construction of a history of Gippsland.
Bill Doggett and Earl Bostic: Trading Licks
a great compilation
always reminds me of Ken
probably still at work
Ascending Mt Cannibal in rain-heavy air
– a few moments between downpours
allowed for the summit.
I have to write a poem
for a poetry reading
in the House of Parliament.
It’s the House they don’t use