Don Domanski

Poetry and the Sacred, by acclaimed Maritime poet Don Domanski, is the second title in the Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poets Lecture Series. Domanski was the 2005 Gustafson Chair of Poetry.

“By sacred I don’t necessarily mean religious, or spiritual in the New Age sense of that word. I mean the fundamental experience one has with time and space, with the seemingly endless corporeality that flows into our consciousness. I mean how each thing holds a mystery, simply because it exists, because existence itself is sacred.”

Don Domanski was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1950, and was raised on Cape Breton Island. His work has been published and reviewed internationally, and has been translated into Czechoslovakian, Portuguese, and Spanish. He was the winner of the Governor General’s Award in Poetry in 2007, with his work, All Our Wonder Unavenged. He has published eight books of poetry, two of which were previously shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. In 1999, Domanski won the CBC Literary Award for Poetry.



1975: The Cape Breton Book of the Dead. House of Anansi Press.
1978: Heaven. House of Anansi Press.
1982: War in an Empty House. House of Anansi Press.
1986: Hammerstroke. House of Anansi Press.
1991: Wolf-Ladder.  (Nominated for a Governor General’s Award). Coach House Press.
1994: Stations of the Left Hand(Nominated for a Governor General’s Award). Coach House Press.
1998: Parish of the Psychic Moon. McClelland & Stewart.
2007: All Our Wonder Unavenged. (Winner of the Governor General’s Award)
2007: Earthly Pages: The Poetry of Don Domanski. Wilfred Laurier University Press.