Connubial

By Stephen Dunn b. 1939 Stephen Dunn
Because with alarming accuracy   
she’d been identifying patterns   
I was unaware of—this tic, that   
tendency, like the way I’ve mastered   
the language of intimacy   
in order to conceal how I felt—   

I knew I was in danger   
of being terribly understood.

Source: Poetry (February 2009).

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This poem originally appeared in the February 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

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 Stephen  Dunn

Biography

Poet Stephen Dunn was born in 1939 in New York City. The first of his family to go to college, Dunn attended Hofstra University on a basketball scholarship and later worked in advertising. In an interview with Poets and Writers, Dunn discussed the leap from being an ad-man to poet: “My first job out of college was writing in-house brochures for Nabisco in New York, and I kept getting promoted. I was in danger, literally, of . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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