We Old Dudes

By Joan Murray b. 1945 Joan Murray
We old dudes. We
White shoes. We

Golf ball. We
Eat mall. We

Soak teeth. We
Palm Beach; We

Vote red. We
Soon dead.

Source: Poetry (July 2006).

 Joan  Murray

Biography

Joan Murray was born in New York City and lives in upstate New York. She is the author of several collections of poetry. Praising Dancing on the Edge (2002), a reviewer for The Times (London) noted, “Her simple lyric tone unteases the complexities of the images which move her.” Working in free verse, Murray is a master of the single, unforgettable detail. Her accessible, image-driven narratives harness the urgency of their moral . . .

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Poems by Joan Murray

Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Growing Old, Arts & Sciences, Living, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Allusion, Couplet

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