In his new chapbook Eat the Storms, poet Damien Donnelly has staked a solid claim to being the poet of color. Each of the 20 poems is shaped by a color or shades of a color – yellow, scarlet, purple, black, ruby, red, cerulean, blue, gray, brown, gold, and green.
I’ve long associated color with emotions and feelings (feeling blue, red with embarrassment, green with envy), but the poems go well beyond only the emotional. They prompted me to take a look at the idea of color, and what color can mean beyond the emotional. I discovered there’s an entire psychology of color, one that adds considerable layers of nuance and understanding to what Donnelly conveys in his poetry.
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