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1974. Introduced by Hugh Seidman.
"His poems are spare, quirky, fierce, unconcessive, grudging, loving, and terribly real," writes Stanley Kunitz of Alan Dugan, whose Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry received the 2002 National Book Award.
This recording documents the "captive animal" (from "On Leaving Town") barely a decade after his first book, Poems, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, a National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. "I regret my past incantations," he reads, "Oh, I could do nothing else."
Length: 60 min.
1. Introduction by Hugh Seidman
2. To a Class of Public School Children at a Public Library
3. "Space is not merely a background for events but possess an autonomous structure"
4. On a Long Island Railroad
5. On the New York's Long Island Railroad System
6. On Hybernation in the Country
7. On Business
8. Warning at Speed Product
9. On a dispossessed Precept
10. On Looking for Models
11. Rising in Fall
12. On the Liquidation of Zoology
13. Moral Dream
14. I Dreamed I Got a Letter from Ezra Pound
15. On Leaving Town
16. On Voyage
17. Untitled Poem
18. Untitled Poem in Two Parts
19. Untitled Poem
20. Family Statements
21. Untitled Poem
22. On Being Out-Classed by Class: Statemnt and Poem
23. Death's Chicken, Named Amelia
24. Two Comments on Death's Chicken, Named Amelia
25. Conversations with a Dirty-minded Little Girl
26. On a Party
27. Boy and Education
28. Teacher's Lament
29. Teacher's Vacation Lament in the Country
30. How He Learned teh Name
31. Stentor and Mourning
32. On Visiting a Veteran's Hospital
33. On Going Up for Surgery in the Morning and in Favor of Pain Killing Drugs
34. Love Song
35. On the Supposed Immortality of Orchids
36. Untitled Poem
37. Absent Good Girl, Life of My Mind
38. For a Lost Girl