Dorn, Ed(ward) 1929–
Dorn is an American poet, short story writer, critic, novelist, essayist, and editor. He was a student at Black Mountain College and his work shows the influence of Charles Olson and the techniques of projectivist verse. Lyrical and loosely structured, Dorn's poetry often explores patterns of American life: in particular, the frontier, the culture of the American West, the primitivism of the Indians. Considered in many ways political, his writing varies from the allegorical and humorous to the philosophically complex.