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's books include Before Creation, World Well Broken, TERRA LUCIDA (Talisman House, Publishers, 2009), INCIDENTAL ECLIPSE (Talisman House, Publishers, 2003), DISSOLVES (Talisman House, Publishers, 2012), DARK CHURCH (Verge Books, 2015), and RED FLASH ON A BLACK FIELD (Black Square Editions, 2015). He also co-edited Primary Trouble: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry in Our Time. His latest book is WIND MAPS I-VII (Talisman House, Publishers, 2018).Author City: DURHAM, NC USA