Epiphanies & Elegies is a collection of delightful, accessible poems shot through with wonder, humor, faith, and Irish Catholic heritage. Brian Doyle has injected each piece with perception, insight, and compassion. These spiritual works contain the voice of a father, a husband, a man openly in love with his family, and proud of his heritage. Doyle illuminates seemingly ordinary, everyday events in poems that will immediately touch with the reader with their truth. These warm and insightful pieces are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant takes on the small wonders and inevitable tragedies of life. This book is a delightful addition to the world of spiritual and inspirational writing.
Brian Doyle's writing is driven by his passion for the human, touchable, daily life, and equally for the untouchable mystery of all else. His poems, beautifully, cross and re-cross this difference, and his gratitude, his sweet lyrical reaching, is a gift to us all.
Brian Doyle's poems are truly wonderful: wise, playful, funny, acute, and sometimes poignant observations dealing with family, friends, nature, history, and language itself. But what is most remarkable about them is the good feeling that follows from having read them, as if you yourself have been seen by this fine poet, and been absolved.
The Christian Century
The subtitle is somewhat misleading, as this is a collection of delightfully evocative prose poems, some of which do read like stories, often written in a stream-of-consciousness manner.