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Invisible Ink: Links and Continuities in Douglas Dunn’s Oeuvre
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Douglas Dunn published his latest poetry pamphlet, Invisible Ink, in 2011. While it continues familiar themes and motifs that he introduced much earlier in his poetry, it is also a lyrical appendix to The Year’s Afternoon (2000), his last full collection. This essay describes instances and forms of dialogicity between domestic allegiances and large-scale temporalities within his oeuvre while the poems record a growing disengagement from social issues. Dunn’s tone ranges from weary nostalgia to sharp self-irony even as he paints uncompromisingly candid images of increasing existential alienation from the familiar environment which has been his main source of lyrical consolation.