William F Dougherty

Freshman - 542 Points (West Hartford, CT)

William F Dougherty Poems

1. Rhyme In Defense Of A Friend's Sonnet 6/24/2009
2. Mrs. Hawkheart 12/26/2010
3. The Execution Of The Moose 2/9/2011
4. Flat Fishing 2/11/2011
5. Dark Of The Wheel 4/4/2012
6. Triolet For Miz Muse 4/4/2012
7. Paper Cache 4/4/2012
8. The Gardener's Curse 4/4/2012
9. Night Crows 4/4/2012
10. Black Knots 4/6/2012
11. Red Rain Keeps Plopping 4/6/2012
12. First Footprint 4/7/2012
13. Morning In Carbonated Light 4/8/2012
14. Ms. Jean At The Pianoforte 4/8/2012
15. Out, Damned Spot! 4/9/2012
16. Theatrics 4/18/2012
17. Original Version: The Candle 4/27/2012
18. Night Watchman 4/27/2012
19. She Was Merely 4/30/2012
20. Sketch For Sanctuary In Elizabeth Park 5/14/2012
21. La Belle Dame Whetted 6/1/2012
22. A Thousand Ships 6/1/2012
23. Living Wills 6/1/2012
24. Percy Shelley And Mary (17) Elope: Father Hires A Hack To Slander Them 6/6/2012
25. Bamboozled 6/6/2012
26. A Paean 6/12/2012
27. Metamorphosis 7/10/2012
28. Click Of Marbled Orbs 6/2/2015
29. Choric Counsel 2/26/2016
30. Bereft Elm In Unstately Mood 3/25/2016
31. Quietus Of White On White 6/17/2016
32. In Procrustes' Digital Province 6/19/2016
33. Nostalgia In Copper And Blue 9/18/2017
34. Inked On Pillowcase 3/4/2013
35. Princely Education At Eastcheap 3/4/2013
36. Mistress Molly 3/4/2013
37. Sparrowfall 9/4/2012
38. This Land He Owns 9/14/2012
39. Asterisk For Audubon Rev 7/19/2012
40. Fish Pond At 60 6/23/2012

Comments about William F Dougherty

  • Diane Hine Diane Hine (3/15/2015 3:45:00 AM)

    Clear a space in the poetry showcase, these blue-chip collectibles belong on the top shelf.

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  • Jim Hogg (12/1/2012 6:11:00 AM)

    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.

  • Scotty Dogg Scotty Dogg (10/8/2012 7:56:00 PM)

    William, you still on the site? Just wondering. S

  • Robert Dyer (4/28/2012 2:11:00 AM)

    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.

  • Mark Pollins Mark Pollins (4/27/2012 11:24:00 PM)

    it's great to come upon a true poet on the PoemHunter circuit

  • Jim Hogg (4/26/2012 8:59:00 AM)

    A virtuoso at work. Long may he continue to produce such authentic poetry.

  • Francis X. Burns (4/20/2012 9:20:00 PM)

    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.

Best Poem of William F Dougherty

Villanelle On A Proverb

The heart once broken is a heart no more.
—Edna St. Vincent Millay

The proverb says that time confers relief,
heals a crimson gash or knits whole a bone
and years unlock a knuckled fist of grief

that clenches emptiness in disbelief
to keep one's wits from being overthrown,
while time, the proverb says, confers relief

from cleaving wounds, paradoxical thief,
that also tears apart fused hearts grown
beyond the lock of knuckled-fisted grief,

half-hearts collapsed empty in unbelief
at finalities weighted by lids of stone,
while time, the...

Read the full of Villanelle On A Proverb


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
his father’s plot; and next, to seal her pain,
within three months, his mother’s sudden grave;
a delved dominion sears the turf again.
Nothing breaks the burlaped afternoon, save
when lightning cleaves the murk. Magnesium

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