Today's poem is "Waiting to Be Shot in the Back"
from All You Ask for Is Longing

BOA Editions

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author of eight poetry collections, including Nightshift Belonging to Lorca, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Except by Falling, winner of the 2000 Pinyon Press Poetry Prize from Mesa State College. His awards include two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. He received an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University and lives in Erie, PA, where he teaches writing workshops.

Books by Sean Thomas Dougherty:

Other poems on the web by Sean Thomas Dougherty:
Seven poems
"Dear Tiara"
"We Are So Illegal"
Three poems
"I Am Your Scar"
"I Am A Forty."
Two poems
Two poems
"In the Republic of Pantomime"
"Lullaby to my Friends Both Living and Dead"
"All You Ask for is Longing"
"When the Whole, As If Many, That Message"

About All You Ask for Is Longing:

"Sean Thomas Dougherty’s poems vibrate with ‘red and blue braids of light,' in a voice that resonates and transports. Arresting, precise imagery from a poet of grand and memorable vision, this is the gypsy punk heart of American poetry."
—Dorianne Laux

"These soul-infused, deftly crafted stanzas pulse with the rhythms of a poet who lives his life out loud. Sean Thomas Dougherty has always shunned convention in favor of his fresher landscapes—and this book will be the one that stamps his defiant signature on the canon."
—Patricia Smith

"The poems of Sean Thomas Dougherty are full of intelligence and energy, myth and music, moving in surreal, jagged streams. There is a remarkable range of references here, from Edith Piaf to Biggie Smalls, from Jackson Pollock to Killer Kowalski. Above all, however, there is empathy, that essential element of poetry and humanity, for a dying grandfather, for the insomniacs of the city, for all the forgotten histories the poet cannot forget. To him I say: Keep singing."
—Martín Espada

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