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The Second O of Sorrow

By: Sean Thomas Dougherty

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About This Title

Winner of the 2019 Paterson Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2019 Housatonic Book Award for Poetry

Sean Thomas Dougherty celebrates the struggles, the dignity, and the joys of working-class life in the Rust Belt. Finding delight in everyday moments—a night at a packed karaoke bar, a father and daughter planting a garden, a biography of LeBron James as a metaphor for Ohio—these poems take pride in the people who survive despite all odds, who keep going without any concern for glory, fighting with wit and grace for justice, for joy, every god damned day.

From "The Second O of Sorrow"

I breathe the dirty East Side wind
pushing past the Russian church, the scent

of fish & freighters & the refinery
filling the hole in my chest—how many years

have piled since I last stumbled out onto the ice
& sat down to die.

Only to look up at the geometry
of sky—& stood

to face whoever might need me—


“The poems of Sean Thomas Dougherty will bless the inside of your home with rain, mist, thunder, the laughter of children, overgrown wild flowers; and make you grateful for this sublime inconvenience.” —Roger Bonair-Agard

“Sean Thomas Dougherty’s poems are singing knives that cut your heart so that it beats again!” —Phil Metres

“Every poem Sean Thomas Dougherty writes is holy, a psalm for the damned.” —Sheryl St. Germain

Publication Date: April 10, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-942683-55-1

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