Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn was an American poet born in June 1939 in New York City. From early on in his career he worked in writing before publishing several books of poetry. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his collection Different Hours. 

Allegory of the Cave

by Stephen Dunn

In this poem, Stephen Dunn alludes to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave or Plato’s Cave by the same title. This piece raises a number of philosophical questions with respect to the political history of the 20th century.


by Stephen Dunn

‘Tucson’ by Stephen Dunn is a narrative poem that explores a particular city’s racial tensions. They are described through a single fight and allusions to the various men present in a single bar.

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