Trilogy (Paperback)

By Doreen Gildroy

New Issues Poetry and Prose, 9781936970520, 154pp.

Publication Date: April 6, 2018

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Trilogy is comprised of three related books that make a single work. Celestial Room is about a child’s serious illness and the fear of mortal danger. Uncreated Light is about grief, a “book of the dead”; from a family in which both the speaker’s parents and her two brothers have died, she is the only one left to speak. Labyrinth On My Table, the third book of the trilogy, is about writing and poetry and voice as the means to discovering what’s authentic in one’s life. The subject of Trilogy as a whole is voice: how work is a dialogue with self, with “otherness,” and an answer to the craving to be true to the particular vision the work itself is trying to articulate: how giving rise to this articulate voice may embody the essence of being.

About the Author

DOREEN GILDROY’s first two books were published by the University of Chicago Press: The Little Field of Self in 2002 (winner of the John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares) and Human Love in 2005. Since then, she has been working on Trilogy, which consists of three separate interrelated books. She has been Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center, a Robert Frost Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Visiting Poet for the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including Ploughshares, Slate, TriQuarterly, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the American Poetry Review (which published the third book of Trilogy as a special supplement). She currently writes a column for APR on Poetry and Mysticism. She lives in Irvine, California.