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 is an American poet, critic and editor. He was born in Texas and grew up in Massachusetts. He currently teaches at Duke University and lives in Durham, NC. His poetry collections include RED FLASH ON A BLACK FIELD (2015, Black Square Editions), DARK CHURCH (2015, Verge Books), DISSOLVES (2012, Talisman House), and TERRA LUCIDA (2012, Talisman House).