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Corporal Works

Lynn Domina


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"This first book, chosen by Stephen Dobyns for the Four Way Books Intro Series in Poetry, chronicles a Dantesque journey. Over the course of the poems, the poet/narrator poses variously as Charon, Virgil, and Dante — visitor to the region where the dead and tormented lament. The quest here, too, is for a transformative love. In Domina's world, 'Only the woman with the oars / is real and she is the only one / who recognizes the other figures / and sees through them;' thus only she is capable of re-imagining herself — the others are all sentenced to eternal grief. These poems, mythic in their reach, are appropriately characterized by a shadowy sense of mystery and a persuasive tone of objectivity. The one shortcoming is an over-reliance on the word "grief," as if any single word can encompass all life's losses and disappointments." 

The Boston Review 

Praise For Corporal Works

“Lynn Domina’s first book of poems has a number of striking virtues: authority of language, a wide variety of subjects and strategies, compelling emotional content, clarity without obviousness, diversity without diffuseness, mystery without vagueness. . .These are carefully crafted, deeply moving poems. They are a great pleasure to read.” (Stephen Dobyns)

Four Way Books, 9781884800030, 88pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1995

About the Author

LYNN DOMINA grew up in and around Saginaw, MI; she earned a B.A. at Michigan State University, an MFA at The University of Alabama (where she edited The Black Warrior Review), and a Ph.D. in American literature at SUNY/Stony Brook.