Psalms Composed in Utter Darkness by Dennis Daly


Psalms Composed in Utter Darkness charts a moving spiritual journey. Imagining aspects of the Faustus story from its interior, Daly presents Dr. John Faustus as he pleads for himself and on behalf of other lost souls, while accepting his bargained-for damnation. Echoing the emotional range of Biblical psalms, this poetic voice importunes, despairs of, and praises God, without expectation of redemption. In splendid and often poignant language, Daly’s poems question the nature of free will, goodness, evil, justice, and mercy. These are haunting meditations on what it means to be human.

Denise Provost, Co-President of New England Poetry Club, author of City of Stories

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  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 70
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: April 2023
  • ISBN 978-1-953252-75-3



I thirst, Lord, I thirst for knowledge
I knew even before Eve
Offered the serpent’s fruit
Over and over to another, to the son of man,
Who rides upon the dragon’s neck
Into the celestial battle between differing truths.
Let earth, air, fire, and water
Forever bless the noise that moves
The planets in their musical spheres,
In their deep dance of woe and words.


Denis DalyDennis Daly lives in Massachusetts. Daly graduated from Boston College and earned an M.A. in English Literature from Northeastern University. He has previously published nine books of poetry and poetic translations. Among other jobs Daly has worked as a dockworker, a Union Leader of a 9000-member industrial local, a city department head, and a community corrections director. He has traveled widely in central Asia. Please visit his blog here:

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Weight 4.9 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in