Poetry. Dos Madres Press is pleased to announce the publication of an anthology of poems from its first ten years. Edited by Richard Hague, REALMS OF THE MOTHERS contains work by sixty-eight poets from throughout the United States and beyond. Hague says of the anthology, "It is not possible to generalize about all these Dos Madres poets, beyond claiming their universal mastery of craft. Beyond that, the diversity of theme, subject, form, diction, and speaker echoes what I, a former collector of beetles, loved about the insect order Coleoptera: a tremendous range of size, structure, color, habitat, life cycle... Likewise, REALMS OF THE MOTHERS shows in the domain of poetry a rapturous fondness for, and extensive expression of, a similarly multifarious creation."
As part of an extended Irish Catholic family, Richard Hague grew up in the Appalachian steel town of Steubenville, Ohio, just across the river from Weirton, West Virginia. He worked as a laborer in the open hearths of Weirton Steel, as a railroader on the Penn Central, as a painter of Ohio Power Company housing along the river, and later attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, earning BS and MA degrees in English. He taught for 45 years at a Catholic high school in Cincinnati before refusing to sign an anti-gay and anti- worker's rights contract required by the Archdiocese in 2014. He continues to teach and conduct workshops all around the region, most recently at Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University. He is the editor of the anthology REALMS OF THE MOTHERS (Dos Madres Press, 2016) and the author of WHERE THE DRUNK MEN GO (Dos Madres Press, 2015) and DURING THE RECENT EXTINCTIONS (Dos Madres Press, 2012). Author City: CINCINNATI, OH USA