Poetry. "Sean Thomas Dougherty's NOT ALL SAINTS leads us through grit-strewn passageways to a realm of insight. These strong and beautiful poems are unafraid to open their interiors to explore secret depths of emotion and reach into the darkest recesses of grief, love or the musings of a stillborn child. The reader will visit the 'Ghost Roads' to see the lynched, the Indian graves, chicken bones and spent bullet casings and will delve into the unexplored and sometimes breathtaking terrain of 'invisible scars' where the poet searches for more than 'all this suffering, the long stroll to become nothing.' This collection seeks to find salvation and to balance the divine with the damaged until 'a wafer of moon dissolves into the mouth of the dark.'"—Patty Dickson Pieczka
Sean Thomas Dougherty was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn, Ohio, and New Hampshire. He is the author or editor of eighteen books including ALL MY PEOPLE ARE ELEGIES: ESSAYS, PROSE POEMS AND OTHER EPISTOLARY ODDITIES (NYQ Books, 2019), NOT ALL SAINTS, winner of the 2019 Bitter Oleander Library of Poetry Award; ALONGSIDE WE TRAVEL: CONTEMPORARY POETS ON AUTISM (NYQ Books 2019) and All You Ask for is Longing: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions 2014). His book The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions 2018) received both the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Housatonic Book Award from Western Connecticut State University. His awards include the Twin Cities College Association Poet in Residence, a US Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans, two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, and an appearance in Best American Poetry. He has worked in a newspaper plant, as an untenured college lecturer, and in a pool hall. He now works as a care giver and Med Tech for various disabled populations and lives with the poet Lisa M. Dougherty and their two daughters in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Author City: ERIE, PA USA