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Poems Seven by Alan Dugan
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Feb 28, 11

Cranky old people finally have someone mentally coherent enough to write down how they feel about things, and I mean that in the least offensive way possible. Carl Dugan’s poetry is both brutally honest (“To a Colleague. From the Country”) and extremely funny (“Elegy for a Puritan Conscience”). He doesn’t take too many liberties with his diction, his language is always straight-forward, and his humor is presented in a manner that can be understood by everyone yet often leaves the reader feeling slightly sad. Often times it’s as if what he’s said is only funny because it’s an inescapable truth. See his poem “Conversation with a Dirty-Minded Little Girl” as an example of the sad nature of his humor. Dugan’s poetry is something that anyone can pick up and like, as long as they go into it with an open mind. Definitely one of my favorite contemporary poets.

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