Alan Dugan

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Alan Dugan
Born(1923-02-12)February 12, 1923
DiedSeptember 3, 2003(2003-09-03) (aged 80)

Alan Dugan (February 12, 1923 – September 3, 2003) was an American poet.[1][2]

His first volume Poems published in 1961 was a chosen by the Yale Series of Younger Poets and went on to win the National Book Award for Poetry[3] and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His last volume, entitled Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry, was published in 2001[4] by Seven Stories Press in New York City and won Dugan a second National Book Award.[5]


Dugan grew up in Jamaica, Queens, and served in World War II, experiences which entered his poetry, though he was not a confessional poet. He lived in Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, where he was a member of the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center.

Dugan's work was published in successive numbered collections under the simple title Poems.

Alan Dugan was married to the artist Judith Shahn, to whom he dedicated each of his books. He died on September 3, 2003, of pneumonia at age 80.[6]


Dugan received many awards and fellowships for his poetry.


  • Poems (1961)
  • Poems 2 (1963)
  • Poems 3 (1967)
  • Poems 4 (1974)
  • Poems Five: New and Collected Poems (1983)
  • Poems Six (1989)
  • Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry (2001)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NPR's All Things Considered -- Poet Alan Dugan".
  2. ^ "Alan Dugan - Poems, Biography, Quotes".
  3. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 1962". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
    (With acceptance speech by Dugan and essay by Katie Peterson from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  4. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: POEMS SEVEN: New and Complete Poetry by Alan Dugan, Author . Seven Stories $35 (422p) ISBN 978-1-58322-265-2". - Reviewed by ′′Publishers Weekly′′ on: 10/22/2001; Release date for this book listed here as: 09/01/2001
  5. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2001". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  6. ^ Alan Dugan, 80, Barbed Poet Of Daily Life's Profundities. ‘’New York Times’’ Obituary