Thursday, February 23, 2017

Abraham and Isaac by Thomas Dooley

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February 23, 2017

Abraham and Isaac

Thomas Dooley

About This Poem


"In the struggle to stay connected to his father, a son might wonder what kind of sacrifice is needed to jettison the pain (of rejection, of disapproval, of dislocation) in order to say, with honesty and generosity, 'Here I am, Dad.' When we collide with our parents' limitations and still manage to enjoy connection, we feel vast."
—Thomas Dooley


Thomas Dooley is the author of Trespass (Harper Perennial, 2014). He is the artistic director of Emotive Fruition, an organization that brings poets, actors, and audiences together for live poetry.


Photo credit: Noah Barker

Poetry by Dooley



(Harper Perennial, 2014) 

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