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Visiting a friend in Detroit I saw Dougherty read at the Art Fest there with big timers Ann Waldman, and picked up his book afterwards. This is a book full of story but Dougherty writes his stories with revealing metaphors, look at these lines about a kid and his basketball: 'a guitar is a stringed basketball/ blind me sing of the sound a heart/ makes, a boy with a ball blesses the blind/ each time he steps to the line, his wrist/ is as limp as the fish Jesus multiplied.' It's the imagination here that gets me, as if Dougherty is writing in a new yet familiar language. There are many subjects here, blue collar lyrics about factories, a long powerful poem about Dougherty's African-American step-father, and lots of Jazz-- Jazz perhaps being the cohesive theme that pulls it all together. I really love this book, it is funky, some of the poems so musical it seems a shame not to read them out loud. And so I do, reading them often to my friends, my family, my students.