Nightshift Belonging to Lorca

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Author: Dougherty, Sean Thomas
ISBN: 978-0-9718059-9-6
Price: $
Publish Date: Feb 2004
Pages: 82

Steeped in the experiential world, often formal and experimental in the same breath, award winning performance poet Sean Thomas Dougherty’s sixth book offers the reader a mix of brief stanzas, canzones, prose poems, and textured performance monologues, continuing the exploration of diverse and seemingly contradictory strategies of lyricism begun in his earlier collections. Evoking the ghost of the great Andalusian poet Federico Garcia Lorca, Dougherty replants Lorca in a conversation with Rumi at an Erie State Park, up late arguing with Tu Fu, and streaming black tears and laughing at some sudden recollection. In poem after poem of work, class, neighborhood, and love, Dougherty evokes for the reader an often blue collar world, rendered in exquisite urban metaphors. While so much contemporary poetry loses itself in language, Dougherty urges us to “consider the lungs of the accoridon. All around you the living are telling radiant jokes, or weeping for something to eat.”