Douglas Eaglesham Dunn

Poet and critic

Black and white photo of a man with glasses and white hair and beard, leaning forward with his hands clasped, in front of bookshelves Douglas Eaglesham Dunn, by Norman McBeath, 3 April 2003, NPG x126404, © Norman McBeath / National Portrait Gallery, London

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)