Norman Dubie

(1945 / United States / Barre, Vermont)

Biography of Norman Dubie

Norman Dubie poet

Norman Dubie (born April 10, 1945 Barre, Vermont) is an American poet.
He is the author of more than eighteen books, often assuming historical personae in his works. Dubie's poetry has been included in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, FIELD, and Blackbird, an online journal of literature and the arts.
A recipient of numerous fellowships (including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation) and awards, Dubie is a graduate of Goddard College and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He teaches in the graduate Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University, in Tempe AZ, where he is Regents Professor of English.
The Tucson-based band Calexico have stated that Dubie's poetry was very influential on their album Carried to Dust, particularly the song "Two Silver Trees".

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Grand Illusion

It is not 1937 for long. A clump of ash trees and a walk
Down the the boathouse: inside linen is tacked up
In a long blank mural; the children sit on the wings
Of the dry dock, and then, over the water in a circle
Of rowboats, the aunts and uncles wait while
At their center the projectionist, Jean Renoir,
On a cedar raft, casts silhouettes of rabbits, birds,
And turtles for the sleepy children. Corks
Come out of old bottles, it is a few minutes past sunset

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