Poetry. Finalist for a 2019 CT Book Award for Poetry. SOMERSET is an elegy for the Kensington section of Philadelphia in which the author was raised. Using a variety of styles and forms, it remembers people and cultures struggling to survive in the aftermath of deindustrialization and, now, an opioid epidemic. It is also a study in how our past continually informs our present, how we never fully leave those places in which our younger selves were formed. SOMERSET bears witness to racism, poverty, violent crime, and drug use, but also finds forgiveness, thankfulness, and love.
Daniel Donaghy is a Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. His books include SOMERSET (NYQ Books, 2018), Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press, 2009), winner of the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and STREETFIGHTING (BkMk Press, 2005). He has received grants from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Artist and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts as well as the Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award. He was raised in Philadelphia, PA.Author City: WILLINGTON, CT USA