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All My People Are Elegies: Essays, Prose Poems and Other Epistolary Oddities
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sean thomas dougherty's All My People are Elegies is inventive, wry, and occasionally wicked. Dougherty's epistolary oddities skewer editorial artifice and misdirected literary ambition with unexpected grit, humor, and humanity, reminding us what really matters in a world where people raise children, play pool, work night shifts, get sick, and ultimately die. If only submitting our work to magazines could be this much fun, or this heart-wrenching.
—dinty w. moore, author of between panic & desire
in this series of wise and wise-ass psalms, sean thomas dougherty refuses to play the game of quiet acquiescence. instead, he sings of closed factories and walmart shoppers, of shift work and daytime drinking and the bitter winds of lake erie. the unabashed exuberance with which dougherty launches his full-throated melodies demands a reckoning of our ideas about failure, and exposes the recurring gulf between the literary establishment and sources of truth and beauty. dougherty's defiance provides a much-needed balm in the face and weight of our accumulated rejections—but in the end, it's the ferocity of his tenderness that will slay you.
—sonja livingston, author of ghostbread
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Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of 18 books including Not All Saints, winner of the 2019 Bitter Oleander Library of Poetry Prize; Alongside We Travel: Contemporary Poets on Autism (NYQ Books 2019) and All You Ask for is Longing: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions 2014). His book The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions 2018) received both the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Housatonic Book Award from Western Connecticut State University. His awards include the Twin Cities College Association Poet in Residence; a US Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans; two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry; and an appearance in Best American Poetry. He has worked in a newspaper plant, as an untenured college lecturer, and in a pool hall. He now works as a care giver and Med Tech for various disabled populations and lives with the poet Lisa M. Dougherty and their two daughters in Erie, Pennsylvania.