The Copper Scroll by Joseph Donahue



  • Kind: Chapbook
  • Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-933675-29-9


“Joseph Donahue’s Terra Lucida is a fiercely, finely wrought essay on death & transfiguration: a work composed of acutely angled silences, lines of memory out of alignment with time. The tension of a tonal irresolution pervades each cycle of this continuing song: is it only the trembling of the light before extinction, or the sign of something overbrimming, about to spill over even that ultimate limit? Donahue’s poetry of passage is convergent upon a vanishing point of impending revelation.” —Andrew Joron


As in a box
lodged in light

in celestial radiance,
as in a room inside the sun

where souls lie idle,
cool and quiet,

awaiting their fate
as the black walls gleam,

while hearing, at last,
the cantilation of

the spheres: a

or two, at
most, outside,

amid whispers
of rebirth . . .


Joseph Donahue has published three books of poetry, most recently Incidental Eclipse.(Talisman, 2003.) The Copper Scroll is a section of an ongoing poem, Terra Lucida. Three earlier sections have appeared as chapbooks. The most recent of these, In This Paradise, was published by Carolina Wren in 2004.

Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .25 in