William F Dougherty

William F Dougherty

West Hartford, CT
William F Dougherty
West Hartford, CT
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William F. Dougherty, Ph.D., has published two books of poetry and served as a newspaper editor, critic, lecturer, reviewer, and speechwriter. He wrote his master's thesis on W. B. Yeats at Central Connecticut State University and his doctoral dissertation on Wallace Stevens for his PhD from the University of Connecticut.

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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,
(For Cynthia Ann Dougherty)

Towing your tattered doll,
you would fetch your storybook
The Zipper
[from the Crab Sonnets]

They sank a silver zipper in my chest:
a foot of snag-toothed staples used to chain
A Roman Sentry's Friday Duty
A soldier's curse is not the copper pay,
stationed here in this gods-forsaken place!
I'd bribe a centurion to leave today.
The archived rite returns in gothic gray:
a bruise-dark sky, a blunt and tugging rain,
a sheen of black umbrellas, spaded clay.
The camera obscura, mind, ingrains


Diane Hine 15 March 2015
Clear a space in the poetry showcase, these blue-chip collectibles belong on the top shelf.
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Jim Hogg 01 December 2012
For depth and density of analysis, breadth of learning, mastery of detail. connection and concept, his criticism compares with the very best. A mind to admire, work to learn from and his commitment to his art leaves me in awe.
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Scotty Dogg 08 October 2012
William, you still on the site? Just wondering. S
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Robert Dyer 28 April 2012
Anyone who dares to challenge the two poems who, to my mind, soar over English poetry, Epithalamion and Notes towards a supreme fiction, has my instantaneous respect. I will read more.
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Mark Pollins 27 April 2012
it's great to come upon a true poet on the PoemHunter circuit
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Jim Hogg 26 April 2012
A virtuoso at work. Long may he continue to produce such authentic poetry.
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Francis X. Burns 20 April 2012
Work here reads like a study in poetic forms: open lyrics, sonnets, villanelles, triolets, couplets, tercets, epigrams, haiku, clerihews, even a sestina. Professional at work.
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