In a recent Publishers Weekly review that accentuates the eclecticism of his "long Technicolor lines and staunch prose blocks," Sean Thomas Dougherty is called "a blue-collar, Rust Belt romantic to his generous, enthusiastic core," and a writer who "wears his heart on both sleeves." In his new collection, All You Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems, the portraits these poems paint "coalesce into a gloriously troubled American of black and white, Puerto Rican and Korean ... And for all their street energy they are determinedly literary as well: name checking Lorca, Neruda and Bjork, as well as Martin Espada and Patricia Smith, Dougherty also accomplishes a brace of sonnets, an abecedary and a canzone whose repeated end-words are 'bodega,' 'booty' and 'hood.'" The review applauds Dougherty's literary savvy, down-to-earth fusion, and his latest motley collection of "outcries, celebrations, protests, and promises." "[Dougherty] is not for everyone: but readers in search of socially conscious vigor, of street energy and 'something to hold onto,' may find that Dougherty is just what they need." Click here to read the entire Publishers Weekly review. Sean Thomas Dougherty is coming to Rochester next week (Tuesday, June 24) for BOA's 6th annual "Poetry is Jazz" event! Click here for more details, and join us for this free event as we celebrate poetry, jazz, and art. You can order a copy of Sean Thomas Dougherty's All You Ask for Is Longing at the BOA Bookstore.
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