By Don Domanski
With The Cape Breton booklet of the Dead, Don Domanski emerged as a striking new voice in Canadian poetry, combining formal conciseness with huge cosmic allusions, consistent shock with brooding atmospherics, and leading edge syntax with smooth phrasings. In next collections, Domanski’s poetry has deepened and multiplied, with longer strains and extra advanced buildings that trip into the a long way reaches of metaphor. Now, with Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski, the long-awaited first choice from his books, readers have an opportunity to adventure the complete diversity of his paintings in a single quantity.
Editor Brian Bartlett, in his advent, “The bushes are jam-packed with Rings,”, discusses Domanski’s engagement with nature and the transformative energy of his metaphors; his poetic bestiary amd legendary underpinnings; and his kinship to poets like Stevens, Whitman, and Rumi. Like those poets, Domanski is interested in borderlands among the actual and the non secular, the subconscious and the wide awake. His poetry unearths a house for demons and angels, spiders and wolves―and for kitchens and again alleys, forests and stars.
In language either fluent and hypnotic, Domanski continues an information of either the magnitudes and the trivialities that reside past language. In “Flying Over Language,” an essay written in particular for this quantity, the poet explains that for him metaphor is a method to indicate the wealth of being that poetry can merely aspect towards.
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