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Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry, the winner of the National Book Award, presents the life work of a giant of American letters, tracks a forty-year career of honest, tough artistry, and shows a man at nearly 80 years of age and still at the height of his poetic power. Dugan’s new poems continue his career-long concerns with renewed vigor: the poet’s insistence that artPoems Seven: New and Complete Poetry, the winner of the National Book Award, presents the life work of a giant of American letters, tracks a forty-year career of honest, tough artistry, and shows a man at nearly 80 years of age and still at the height of his poetic power. Dugan’s new poems continue his career-long concerns with renewed vigor: the poet’s insistence that art is a grounded practice threatened by pretension, the wry wit, the jibes at the academic and sententious, and the arresting observations on the quotidian battles of life. All the while he peppers his poems with humorous images of the grim and daunting topics of existential emptiness....

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ISBN : 9781583225127
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry Reviews

  • Charlie O'Hay
    2019-03-10 07:48

    If you have a thirst for Dugan's wry wit, and want the full scope of his work in one handy volume, this is it.

  • Ann Klefstad
    2019-03-10 10:45

    Alan Dugan's poems scour off the sentiment and leave your bones gleaming. How has he stayed so loyal to actual? Obviously, it hasn't been easy.

  • Lee
    2019-03-03 06:53

    Just look at the cover. He's a cranky old man, and he will appeal to your inner cranky old man. Love Dugan.

    2019-02-26 07:59

    This was one of the 2003 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to

  • Mike Lindgren
    2019-03-18 05:38

    I bought this book in hardcover, when it came out in 2001, at the now-defunct Tudor Bookshop, and I've been pecking away at it intermittently in the long, crazy decade since. Poems Seven was a revelation to me then, and a pleasure to revisit now: Dugan's poetry has swagger and bite, a caustic energy that appealed to a younger, more uncertain version of myself and that remains bracing and enjoyable today, even though I can perceive now its limitations. A drinker and womanizer, a formerly low-level Madison Avenue adman and roustabout, a cantakerous Marxist lover of the classics, Dugan's poetry bristles with profanity, sex, and the violence of the world. If it can be said that his prosody did not vary much of the course of his long career -- he consistently produces short lyrics in jagged bursts of free verse, with sardonic titles -- it must also be said that his voice was genuinely distinctive, an expression of an echt American original.

  • James
    2019-03-17 11:50

    Once was a time when I (like a lot of people my age) could not bear to read rhymed or form poetry, which stank of establishmentarianism and repression. To a 14 year old in the nineties, Eliot looks stodgy and conservative and Bukowski looks edgy and inventive. In accordance with common wisdom I find myself getting more and more aesthetically conservative as time goes by, but Dugan is the one poet from my youth who sticks with me. The sad-bastard drunk pieces haven't aged too well but the more evocative stuff is really incredible. "Memorial Service for the Invasion Beach Where the Vacation in the Flesh is Over" is as good a treatise on man's inability to face death as any poet has written.

  • C. Varn
    2019-03-08 12:59

    There are very poems that seem more direct and laconic in English, although Nicanor Parra's antipoetry in Spanish is unique close. A retrospective of all of Dugan's career, whose poems still resonate with me since I read them in my late teens in the 1990s even though they were written in the 1960s. While contemporary to Charles Bukowski and Frederick Seidel, Dugan has a subtler art than Bukowski's and a more naunced meanness than Seidel. Often bitter and hyper-rational, there is a subtle beauty that can be seen in poems like "Love Song: I and Thou" whose twists better near nihilism and love can be dizzying. Dugan's irony is classical, not the flippancy of a lot of hipper, younger verse. To be savored, slowly and carefully, even in some of the unevenness of Dugan's later work.

  • Daniel Klawitter
    2019-03-18 05:38

    On A Desolation Of The Animals At NightI used to think that the animals were exempt from human sufferingbecause they had no brains, but nowI'm not so sure because I heartwo cats moaning on the windowsill,sleeping in a desolation not to be denied.Why is it that the dirt made fleshmust suffer for its intuitions for a whilebefore it goes back to its nature? Ha, dancy cats? Ha, sleepers? Whyare the insides of your bone heads clevererthan opals, onyx, and Egyptian goddesses?, in bearing witness to what's what:those roaring horrors of the universe,the stars, if we could only hear themburning outside the window while you catssleep moaning on the windowsill as I watch out from something wondering inside.

  • Megan
    2019-03-12 12:46

    Open it up and flip to any random page: Dugan's poetry is both stark and round. His direct language and humor are refreshing, silly, dirty as hell, filled with love and sadness, reminiscent of why we have these lives to write about.

  • Jason Walker
    2019-03-05 06:40

    I will likely never finish reading this book as I keep going back. I think it will just live on my desk for a number of years. I have a lot to learn from those few New ENgland poets like Dugan and Edmonds where I know I like and I understand but I am not yet ready.

  • Amy M
    2019-02-26 07:56

    This is un-poetry, in the best sense! i.e., genuine & gritty. substance over word-play. pointed. hilarious. & heart-breaking. A must read.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-11 07:00

    One of my favorite books of poetry and biggest inspirations. Constantly on my gift list to anyone who reads poetry. Very accessible, very real, a master of american vernacular.

  • Nathan
    2019-03-13 06:49

    The poet laureate of cranky old men, Dugan has an intolerance for nonsense that is, at times, quite bracing. His poems are almost painfully absent of metaphor, coldly staring at the objective reality of the external world and recording what grudging, critical observations he has about it. He is a self-assured man, unafraid of the truth, however ugly or banal it may be, and definitely comfortable with himself (he harps quite a bit about sex and his body, which is a strange and slightly amusing habit, rather like when your grandpa tells off-color jokes at the dinner table.)He is unimpressed with the worlds of metaphor, and while he has a taste for classical allusion, it is always in the service of recording the plain, unvarnished truth of the situation, rather than weaving some deeper metaphorical sense into the narrative. He is a terribly present-grounded poet: his life is happening right now, and he isn't scared of its passing or nostalgic of what has passed. He merely sketches the raw material of experience in sturdy, utilitarian language.He is rather one-sided. Mere recording is something he does a lot of, and his poetry lacks a certain wetness, a certain romanticism that might have made a very potent combination with his honesty. He flirts with self-absorption, and lacks a certain humanitarian spirit. Still, he is nothing if not distinctive; I think I could tell a Dugan poem from the first line or so.Not a lot of this poetry spoke to me, as young and relatively inexperienced as I am. But I think that there are plenty of people, especially older people, who will find in Dugan a poet that speaks for them.

  • heather
    2019-03-22 07:35

    honest, cynical, unromantic poetry can be...beautiful?

  • Larry
    2019-03-05 05:36

    Unsung American poetic voice

  • Charles Levenstein
    2019-03-16 06:02

    I admire Dugan's work very much -- direct, not sentimental, no attempt to be obscure --