Poet Jerry Dourney with his newly published collection of verse Dark to Light Untitled.
After serving in the U.S. Navy for nearly six years Jerry Dourney decided to move to the Kenai Peninsula a year ago and concentrate on his love of writing. Now along with his brother Dan he has published his first collection of work expressing the diversity of emotion shown through verse, “Dark to Light Untitled.” “My brother and I have been writing poetry ever since we were very small; I have some from even before I was eight years old. It has been a dream of ours to be published poets for most of our lives,” said Dourney.
The brother’s new book of poetry highlights a wide range of life’s circumstances illustrating the dual nature of the world with haunting verses that describe the sorrow of life and moving pieces that tell of the depth of love and the beauty of everyday moments. As the title suggests, these untitled works move from the darkness to the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. The following excerpt transports readers from a place of intense guilt to the simplicity of solution that Alaskans are all too familiar with:
“...It has been six months since I drank/ The guilt of killing always my burden/ All I had to do was sit in my car/ But that wasn’t any fun/ Instead I put it in gear/ Took a joyride of my own/ I drove when I couldn’t see straight/ Now I can’t have my life/ My partial death weighs on my mind/ But more important are the lives I took/ Silent depression holds me by the throat/ I wish I could say I’m sorry/ Even that’s not enough/ Hoping I wake up from hell/ To make up for what I’ve done/ There’s no saving the kids I took from life/... But I can teach how to give away the keys.”
Jerry and Dan Dourney’s experiences range from childhood to fatherhood that has prompted their collection of poems filled with the wonder of love and the sincerity of true affection. Dark to Light Untitled is available at the Kenai Library and can be ordered at most book stores or on line through the publisher Author House at www.authorhouse.com
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