Dougherty is the author of three previous collections of poetry, Everyday Objects, Pilgrimage to a Gingko Tree, and Part Darkness, Part Breath as well as six chapbooks of poems, the latest of which is House of Green Water. In 2015, the poems published in House of Green Water were presented in Will Wickham’s composition, Where Sacred Waters Divide, a performance of which is available on YouTube. Also in 2015, selections from Dougherty’s Book of Emblems were displayed at the Word & Image Gallery of the Bright Hill Literary Center. Each emblem includes a small calligraphic image and a short poem. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart prize and have appeared internationally from Australia and Japan to the UK and Canada, including the Christian Science Monitor, Poetry East, Rock & Sling, parting gifts, and the Kerf. Edward A. Dougherty is Professor of English at Corning Community College and was given the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. edwarddougherty.wordpress.com.
These twelve multi-sectioned “poems of fine lyrical resonance,” as the poet John Balaban describes them, wrestle with questions of faith, loss, identity, what love really means in a world of “killers and the careless, acts / of neglect and outright cruelty.”