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Conscious citizen

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September 2006, no. 284

The Passenger by Laurie Duggan

UQP, $23.95 pb, 89 pp

Conscious citizen

by
September 2006, no. 284

How to convey the pleasures of a whole collection of Laurie Duggan’s poetry? They are so various, one reason why Duggan is a source of perplexity to anthologists in search of a definitively characteristic poem. Anything as long and wilfully extravagant in spacing and layout as the anti-rhapsody ‘September Song’ almost automatically excludes itself; something epigrammatic then, say ‘A Little Book of Wisdom’ – but what about a virtuoso pastiche, the sonnets of ‘In Memory of Ted Berrigan’, or a ‘Blue Hills’ poem, with that imagist ‘minimalistic elegance’, which ‘Upside down’ declares: ‘unattractive / as the description of a potential residence / though ok if applied to / a book of poems ... my poems.’

Jennifer Strauss reviews ‘The Passenger’ by Laurie Duggan

The Passenger

by Laurie Duggan

UQP, $23.95 pb, 89 pp

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