Last Hunt by Doug Flaherty


With many years of publishing poetry credits, the author constructs and uses words in his poems beautifully. This collection needs to be read by all serious poets. Excerpt:

Last Hunt / after the Omaha

Tonight as I ride / with my load of buffalo meat, / I am the lone / surviving child of the crow. / I fly with a / wild rose on my head. / But should I die / faster than animal meat, / fall swifter than / the shrivel of flowers, / I will remember / as I gasp the final air / that seed of my body / will live nearly a day / beyond my hunted meat, / the sweet drift of perfume.

Doug Flaherty has published in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Quarterly Review of Literature, Poetry Northwest, and scores of other magazines. Other publications include four full-length books, a half dozen chapbooks and appearances in eight anthologies, including the Random House collection From the Belly of the Shark. The poet has read at universities across the country as well as in Ireland and Mexico. He recorded his poetry at Harvard for the Lamont Library. Flaherty’s art residencies include: Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is editor of Wolf Angel Press and teaches American literature and poetry writing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

“These are poems of humility, wisdom, and awe. In Doug Flaherty’s visions we learn once again that the body, sexual love, and the things that inhabit and/or make up this world are deeply enchanted matters. Flaherty teaches us, once again, that we humans are animals who possess grand souls. I admire Doug Flaherty’s imaginative drive and his craftsmanship.” – Robert Schuler

“Nothing is as it seems in the mystic mind of Flaherty’s LAST HUNT. In images laced with surrealism and Native spiri-tuality, we are at one with the wolf, the stone, the shaman, the whale. . . . Flaherty will bring you full circle in this remarkable collection of poetry and prose poems.” – Mariann Ritzer

“Doug Flaherty deploys words as if they were solid as stone, weighing each carefully one at a time. The poems move to a slow, deliberate beat, yet the mind they embody flies. The com-bination makes for a book that fulfills the dream of The Village Idiot’ to be ‘knotted / and drafty as nets.’ LAST HUNT is drawn together tightly, yet penetrated through by spirit.” – Phil Dacey

Last Hunt by Doug Flaherty, 1998, 34 pp. $12Please contact Wolfsong Publications via if you are interested in buying this chap.


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