Dunn's entry into the world of poetry was rather circuitous. After school, he entered University on a basketball scholarship. He began his career as an ad-man, then tried to write a novel. Along the way, he also earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Once he found his true calling, there was no looking back. He published more than a dozen books of poems. Some won him awards and recognition. Different Hours, the book of poems he published in 2000, won the Pulitzer Prize. I have selected two poems from this book to read today.
Dunn's poems talk about simple things, everyday affairs, very much about American ordinary, middle class people and their struggles and joys.
KumKum liked the thoughts in the second poem she read, Our Parents, which ends:
Though surprised by the delectable fall
Wouldst I not say that none better kist
Oh this, is bliss, beyond my reckoning,
He shouts in the sails of the ships at sea,
1. What Goes On
For my brother
1. Ode to Drowning by Tishani Doshi (born 1975)
Published in beiharz.com, October 2008
1. Small Towns and the River
1. THE INDIAN TO HIS LOVE
1. They Flee From Me