Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski

Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554580088
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 08/09/2007
Series: Laurier Poetry Series
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Don Domanski was born and raised on Cape Breton Island and now lives in Halifax. He has published eight books of poetry, two of which were short-listed for the Governor General’s Award, and in 1999 he won the Canadian Literary Award for Poetry. Published and reviewed internationally, his work has been translated into Czech, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Brian Bartlett’s books of poetry include Granite Erratics, The Afterlife of Trees, Travels of the Watch , and Wanting the Day: Selected Poems , which was published in both Britain and Canada and won the 2004 Atlantic Poetry Prize. He also edited Don McKay: Essays on His Works and is working on a collection of prose, Living with Poetry . He teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

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Dangerous Words by Don Domanski

little by little the thistles suffer on the hill

bare trees enter the river

the wind takes the earth and blows

it drop by drop into your ear

you are ashes mixed with rain and sleep

leaves rustling in a closed hand

a mouse dropped out of a cloud

dangerous words pass under your window

words that no one has ever used before

you follow them into the woods

your find three words building a fire

one word skinning a rabbit

and another word far off in the shadows

pissing on a violet

what do they have for you

these five elves these little men

this little sentence in the forest?

they have but one knife between them

one hat one coin one pot

and a dark bag full of spoons

what good are they to you?

what can they give you

that you don't already have?

if you touch them

you touch a hanging bell

and a small tongue wakes in the grass

to speak to you to give you a name

to call you tulip or pincurl

or doll's breath

which means you'll never see

your home again not your parents

or their love

which means you will always whisper

but never speak

never escape these little men

these words burning their supper their rabbit-water

in an iron pot.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski , selected with an introduction by Brian Bartlett

Foreward | Neil Besner

Biographical Note

Introduction: The Trees Are Full of Rings | Brian Barlett




The Sacrifice

Sunrise at Sea Level

One for an Apparition

A Netherpoem

Sub Rosa

Snowbound Letter

Visiting the Grandmother

At Daybreak a Hairsbreadth Turns to Blue


Hammerstroke II

Dangerous Words

Looking for a Destination

The Sleepers

Love Poem on the Sabbath

A Perfect Forehead

The Ape of God

The God of Folding


Fata Morgana

Epiphany Under Thunderclouds

Before the Plague and the Breaking of Fingers

Lethean Lock Mnemonic Key

He Leans Homeward


Taking the Train to Fredericton

The Passageway

Walking Away

What the Bestiary Said

Sentient Beings

Sleep’s Ova


Afterword: Flying Over Language | Don Domanski


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