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Alan Dugan (1923-2003) was an American poet. His poetry is known for its plain and direct language, though it is supported by technical skill; it is generally trenchant and ironic in its criticism of American life and received ideas, and in its frank sensuality alike. Dugan received many awards for his poetry. 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A poet is some one who writes poetry. ...


Dugan grew up in Jamaica, Queens in New York City and served in World War II, experiences which entered his poetry though he avoided simple autobiography or confession. He later lived in Truro on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where he directed the Fine Arts Work Center and was a mentor and teacher to younger poets for decades. Jamaica, a neighborhood in Queens, New York City, was settled as a town by the English under Dutch rule in 1656 in New Netherland. ... Nickname The Big Apple, The Capital of the World [1], Gotham Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 1,214. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... Truro is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... Astronaut photo of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay Cape Cod (1033 km²) is an arm-shaped peninsula forming the Easternmost portion of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq. ...


Dugan's work was published in successive numbered collections under the simple title Poems. His first book, Poems (1961), was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, won a National Book Award, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Then followed the collections Poems 2 (1963), Poems 3 (1967), Poems 4 (1974), Poems Five: New and Collected Poems (1983), Poems Six (1989), and Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry (2001), which won Dugan a second National Book Award. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition is an annual event of Yale University Press aiming to publish the first collection of a promising American poet. ... The National Book Award is one of the most important literary prizes in the United States, presented annually for the best books by living U.S. citizens published in the U.S. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and are presently awarded in each... The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry has been presented since 1922 for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The National Book Award is one of the most important literary prizes in the United States, presented annually for the best books by living U.S. citizens published in the U.S. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and are presently awarded in each...


Alan Dugan died on September 3rd, 2003, of pneumonia at age 80.


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Alan Dugan Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography (739 words)
Alan Dugan was born on February 12, 1923, in Brooklyn, New York.
Dugan was also fond of using lots of invective, vulgar slang, and scatological terms to achieve his effects.
Dugan was different, and it's difficult to compare him to any other poet, although he created a significant number of poems.
Alan Dugan, Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2001.(Book Review) - HighBeam ... (1196 words)
Dugan's plain diction and simple constructions eschew the notion of order through elaboration of form, but embrace instead the possibility that order exists in its own right, as an element of chaos itself.
Dugan's ironic detachment seems strange because it applies to the voice--the speaker--of the poem, whether first or third person, as well as to the ostensible subject.
That is, rather than indulging in self-examination, producing a poem of introversion (with all its consequent concealments), Dugan engages in self-exposure, which is as rare in poetry as it is in life.
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