Philip Dacey Church of the Adagio

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Church of the Adagio

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Poetry. "Reading Philip Dacey's poems is like having a conversation with a funny, sophisticated, and insightful friend. You're laughing, you're nodding in appreciation, you're saying, 'A-ha. I never saw things that way, but wow—you're right.' And you don't want to say goodbye anytime soon. Like the best literature, Dacey's poems teach us—or remind us—what it means to be human. They speak of our capacity for reverence ('Guest of Honor') as well as our ability to wound ('Neighborly'); they address our ability to conjure beauty via art, performance, and music ('Nijinsky: A Sestina,' among others) and our power to destroy ('At the Hiroshima Photo Exhibit'); they evoke our ingenuity (all of Dacey's poems themselves as well as some of their subjects) and, simultaneously, as in 'The Hike (Altea, Spain),' our frailty and our resilience."—Mark Brazaitis

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About the Author:

PHILIP DACEY is the author of thirteen books of poetry, most recently CHURCH OF THE ADAGIO (Rain Mountain Press, 2014), Gimme Five, the winner of the Blue Light Press 2012 Book Award, Mosquito Operas: New and Selected Short Poems (Rain Mountain Press, 2010), and VERTEBRAE ROSARIES: 50 SONNETS (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009). The winner of three Pushcart Prizes, he has written entire collections about Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Eakins, and New York City. His other awards include a Discovery Award from the New York YM-YWHA's Poetry Center and various fellowships (a Fulbright to Yugoslavia, a Woodrow Wilson to Stanford, and two in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts). His work has appeared in The Nation, Hudson Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, The American Scholar, New York Times, Esquire, The American Poetry Review, The Hopkins Review, and many other leading periodicals. With David Jauss, he co-edited Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms (Harper & Row, 1986). After an eight year post-retirement adventure on Manhattan's Upper West Side, he returned in 2012 to Minnesota, where he had taught at Southwest Minnesota State University for 35 years, to live in Minneapolis in the Lake District with his partner, Alixa Doom.

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A master craftsman able to comfortably play freely within structure while both honoring tradition and breaking new ground, Dacey dances in Vertebrae Rosaries from profound to profane with grace and panache. --Brent Goodman, Verse Wisconsin

Daceys work is land-mined with risks. And brave. --Leonard Gontarek, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts

If there were a Poet Laureate for middle America, Philip Dacey would surely be at the top of the list. --g emil reutter, Fox Chase Review

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