My mother said I had it,
my father’s Black Irish.
She loved him powerfully,
as she did me. Still, I
knew that couldn’t be good,
the way she said it, a disease.
But what exactly did it mean?


Dennis Doherty is author of three other volumes of poetry: The Bad Man (Ye Olde Fontshoppe Press, 2004), Fugitive (Codhill Press, 2007), Crush Test (Codhill Press, 2010), and a meditation on Mark Twain’s classic, Why Read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? (New Street Communications, llc, 2013).

Mr. Doherty’s works appear throughout the literary press. He teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY New Paltz, and lives with his wife, Shari, in Rosendale, New York, hometown to their beautiful three daughters.

2016 | 68 pages