Part Darkness, Part Breath
Edward A. Dougherty
much to admire about Edward A. Dougherty's "Part Darkness, Part Breath," not
least of which is that there are precious few poets who have, as Dougherty
clearly demonstrates throughout, the courage and wisdom to confront our
most brutal acts through such healing gestures as spirituality, marital
love, community, nature, and - as if in conscious defiance of Auden -
a language that makes something happen, that "receives such suffering
/ and responds with hospitality." In poems that range from the tragedies
of the atomic bomb to the passion of domestic love, Dougherty, against
our most destructive impulses, offers habits "of attention."
84 pgs, $14.95
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