David Dooley

David Dooley was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and worked for many years in San Antonio. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. His works include The Volcano Inside (1988), winner of the initial Nicholas Roerich Prize; The Revenge by Love (1995), which includes the sequence “O’Keeffe and Stieglitz”; and The Zen Garden (2004), winner of the Yellowglen Prize. He has also published numerous poems and critical articles in magazines. His work has been anthologized in To Read Poetry, To Read Literature, and The Best Poetry of the Year, among other collections. He has given many poetry readings and has also performed solo cabaret shows. He now lives in San Diego.

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The Long Conversation

David Dooley

Publication Date: April 27, 2021


The Long Conversation combines David Dooley’s books The Volcano Inside and The Revenge by Love to create an extended dialogue between past and present, between stories of everyday life and accounts of historical figures, between the demands and delights of art and those of life, culminating in an eleven-poem sequence about the painter Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Lyrical moments flourish within traditional dramatic monologues and a bold and unusual mix of other narrative strategies. The language ranges from vigorous Southern dialect, and even profanity, to a confident and original high style. In The Long Conversation, love is always complicated, the angle of vision is often surprising, and language must be able to cope with every kind of challenge.

Tradepaper: $20 / ISBN: 9781586540739
Casebound: $30 / ISBN: 9781586540876