Poetry. Keeping vigil through the night in the realm of the Terra Lucida, which, according to Islamic scholar Henry Corbin, is "the land that secretes its own light," Joseph Donahue's DARK CHURCH lures a pilgrim fraught with memories of modernity and childhood, and who aspires to stand in its temple where ritual adherents drowse in dreams of healing and oracular pronouncements intimate a destiny belonging both to this world and the next. "Long ago, / the truest part of you… / began to approach / the condition of stone." At once vatic, nostalgic, cryptic, and clear, DARK CHURCH is a book of unremitting visionary power.
Joseph Donahue was born in 1954 in Dallas and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. He has lived in New York City and Seattle, and now makes his home in Durham, North Carolina, where he is Professor of the Practice in the English Department at Duke University.Author City: DURHAM, NC USA