Dennis Doherty

Dennis Doherty – Getting Underway

Labor: work is making. Work is making something that was never there before and having an investment in its production. That is, work is the business of making the world. Think what you have made. My mother made me, pushed my fat head from her stretched lips with a cry of doped pain and relief. […]

Dennis Doherty – Where Babies Come From

I suppose I’d asked the question, though my mother was certainly frank enough to initiate such a discussion, or to lead it there. It’s unlikely she said anything about “when a man and woman are married,” because I found out at seventeen that my six older brothers and sisters were all bastards, the folks having […]

Dennis Doherty – The Wake of Invisible Traffic

Imagine not just the scariness, but the magic of it, in the context of human history: that in the twentieth century a person can be deposited on a pinprick of dirt in the middle of a wilderness, and within three minutes – in the time it takes a kid to pee and zip up – […]

Dennis Doherty – Leaping

When it’s my turn, what shall I do? You shall step into the antiseptic room on your own power, your Buster Brown shoes scuffing the tiles with purpose, as though eager. You shall not look around for things to fear that you don’t want to see, but lift yourself quickly onto the paper protected examining […]

Nonfiction: Dennis Doherty

Dennis Doherty teaches creative writing and literature at SUNY New Paltz, as well as lecturing and reading at local schools at every level, including prisons. His essays, poems, and stories appear throughout the literary press, from local to national outlets. He is author of three volumes of poetry:The Bad Man (2004, Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press), Fugitive (2007, […]