A poet of osmosis explores the implicit relationship between matter and spirit, the interconnectedness of the universe.
In his first full-length collection since 1998's Parish of the Physic Moon, Don Domanski writes with clarity of vision. He is a poet of the holiness of subtleties, a master of mindfulness and being. His writing is a form of osmosis, spirit seeping through the details of each poem, creating a marvel of metaphysics and language distilled to purest energy. Living in the moment here is synonymous with being the moment, a transformation that is stunning to inhabit.
The Star Bellatrix
the bride turns in a trance
red flowers fall out of her hands
endlessly into black space
her desire is a hesitance
her body warm as if she were dancing
spinning on a floor her partner unbeheld.
Intensely moving, these fluid poems open up our perceptions of what it means to be alive in a sentient universe.
"Poetry renews itself with each generation, but there is a source of poetry older than all the languages. Don Domanski writes close to this source, where autobiography is necessarily transpersonal, and the variegated finery of existent things is both secular home and sacred text. Each of his books, but especially this book, is a mirror for the inexhaustible. " -- Roo Borson
"Each poem, beautiful, bewitching, unfolds with crystalline clarity and with a music that is both lush and subtle. Don Domanski's poems are intimate, but intimate on a grand scale. As far as I am concerned, there is no better poet writing in English. " -- Mark Strand
Don Domanski was born and raised on Cape Breton Island and now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has published eight books of poetry. Two of his books (Wolf Ladder, 1991, and Stations of the Left Hand, 1994) were short-listed for the Governor General's Award for Poetry. In 1999 he won the Canadian Literary Award for Poetry. Published and reviewed internationally, his work has been translated into Czechoslovakian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Don Domanski was born and raised on Cape Breton Island and lived for many years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the author of nine previous books of poetry. His 2007 collection All Our Wonder Unavenged was honoured with the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award, and the Atlantic Poetry Prize. In 2014 he won the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award for Bite Down Little Whisper. Published and reviewed internationally, his work has been translated into Czech, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. He died on September 7, 2020.
"Reading [All Our Wonder Unavenged] is like entering another realm, or . .. glimpsing a strange, hidden side to our familiar world . .. Domanski's poetry is a kind of alchemy. " Ñ Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star"
. .. Endless, ecstatic configurations . .. Stunning is his array of unusual verbs . .. Reading Domanski is like rummaging around in wisdom scripture. " Ñ George Elliot Clarke, The Halifax Chronicle-Herald