By Don Domanski
With The Cape Breton e-book of the Dead, Don Domanski emerged as a notable new voice in Canadian poetry, combining formal conciseness with extensive cosmic allusions, consistent shock with brooding atmospherics, and cutting edge syntax with soft phrasings. In next collections, Domanski’s poetry has deepened and extended, with longer traces and extra advanced constructions 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 total diversity of his paintings in a single quantity.
Editor Brian Bartlett, in his creation, “The bushes are packed with Rings,”, discusses Domanski’s engagement with nature and the transformative strength 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 awake. His poetry reveals 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 keeps an wisdom of either the magnitudes and the trivia that stay past language. In “Flying Over Language,” an essay written in particular for this quantity, the poet explains that for him metaphor is a technique to indicate the wealth of being that poetry can in simple terms aspect towards.