“Laurence Donovan’s Dog Island’ is one of the finest poems about Florida ever written, the product of deep lyric impulse, a metaphysician’s wit and irony, and a superb craftsman’s care. These qualities are equally apparent in the suite of Donovan etchings that accompany it. They make this small but mighty book a treasure.”
The title poem of this book records a sojourn to a small island off the Florida Panhandle. Reachable only by boat, Dog Island provides a quiet respite where Miami poet-artist Laurence Donovan contemplates the sea, sand, and sky and transforms them into words and etchings. Donald Justice, in his foreword, calls Donovan “doubly gifted” in both his poetry and his art. This volume presents both, the latter in fifteen of his etchings. He was also known for his linocuts, represented here by the small scorpion at the end of the book.
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