Lynn Domina

Lynn Domina (Poetry) | Marquette, MI

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Lynn Domina is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works and Framed in Silence, and the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Tiferet, The Saranac Review, New Letters, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry Daily, and many other periodicals and anthologies. She currently serves as Head of the English Department at Northern Michigan University, and she is Creative Writing Editor of The Other Journal. She lives with her family in Marquette, MI.


Framed in Silence (Main Street Rag, 2011). Poetry.
Corporal Works (Four Way Books, 1995). Poetry.

Edited Anthologies

Poets on the Psalms (Trinity University Press, 2008). Edited. Anthology. Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

Framed in Silence is full of daring energy. But even when exuberant, Domina’s base in the sciences keeps her firmly on the ground. In the pivotal poem “Orange Hybrid Magic,” she says “Facts enchant me,” and she, in turn, has the power to enchant us”
—Tam Lin Neville, Salamander

“Lynn Domina’s second book, Framed in Silence, operates within the general spiritual tradition of Hopkins, yet she offers a vocabulary that readers are able to deconstruct and appreciate, and a theology concurrently progressive and rooted in tradition…Domina seems aware of the unique role of poet as practical theologian”
—Nick Ripatrazone, Dappled Things

“In Domina’s lean verse, we get glimpses of thin, intensive slices of time which, although bearing intimations of the past and future, focus resolutely on the present…Her images and metaphors are innovative and thought-provoking,…her refusal to resolve complex issues simplistically and bluntly requires that the reader mull over the significance of her experience and expression”
—John R. Black, Carolina Quarterly

“These poems, mythic in their reach, are appropriately characterized by a shadowy sense of mystery and a persuasive tone of objectivity”
—Mary Jo Bang, Boston Review

“The reader never questions Domina’s sincerity or authority because she is in control of her language and interested in communicating clearly with her audience. Striking sensory details abound”
—B. Galvin, Choice

“For most readers, the psalms are at once magnificent poetry and a source of intense spiritual depth. But it’s a rare treat to hear contemporary poets talk about why they of all people believe this is so. In her book Poets on the Psalms, poet Lynn Domina has done us all a service in collecting essays by contemporary poets…that guide us into the heart of the psalms through pathways that are personal and particular–never cliché”
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