Douglas Eaglesham Dunn

Poet and critic

Scottish poet and critic. Collected poems include Terry Street and Elegies, for which he won the 1985 Whitbread Prize.


It is not good to feel you have no future.
My clotted hands turned coins to muddy copper.
From ‘Washing the Coins’ in St Kilda’s Parliament (London: Faber & Faber, 1981)


They ruined us. They conquered continents.
We filled their uniforms. We cruised the seas.
From ‘Empires’ in Douglas Dunn: New and Selected Poems 1966-1988 (New York: The Ecco Press, 1989)


Douglas Eaglesham Dunn
by Norman McBeath
bromide fibre print, 3 April 2003
NPG x126404
© Norman McBeath / National Portrait Gallery, London