New and Complete Poetry
Publication Date: September 2002
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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 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.
Carl Phillips is the author several poetry collections, including "Double Shadow, "a "Los Angeles Times" Book Award winner; "Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems, 1986-2006"; "Riding Westward"; and "The Rest of Love", a National Book Award finalist. He is a professor of African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
In honor of National Poetry Month, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky shares the work of one of his favorite writers, Alan Dugan, who died in 2003. Pinksy says Dugan was an amusing, soulful and engagingly nasty poet who sang the truth â�� often with a splash of high-grade vinegar. More at NPR.org
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