Joseph Donahue & Apocalyptic Poetry

Lowell-rooted poet Joe Donahue is one of the subjects of an essay titled “Apocalypticism: A Way Forward for Poetry” in the Chicago Review. Read the essay by Peter O’Leary here.


Donahue has spent years mastering long serial poems that combine elements of mysticism, esotericism, protest, and the alienation of the urban experience.

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What does it mean to say a poem is apocalyptic? Typically, it means that a poem, or its poet, suggests catastrophe or the quality of conclusion signified in Revelation, the final book of the New Testament.



One Response to Joseph Donahue & Apocalyptic Poetry

  1. Jamie says:

    My partner, Jeff, and I would love to hear your thoughts about Apocalypticism. Please check out our website:
    If you write poetry, perhaps you would consider submitting? We are so fascinated with this idea of Apocalypticism, and Jeff has been emailing with Peter O’Leary about submitting to our press as well.
    Jamie Felton