John Hennessy is the author of a previous collection, Bridge and Tunnel (Turning Point Books, 2007), and his poems appear in The Believer, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2013, Harvard Review, The New Republic, and other journals and anthologies. A former Amy Clampitt Fellow, he teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and serves as poetry editor for The Common.
"In his new collection, Coney Island Pilgrims, John Hennessy does more than catalogue the things of this world; he sanctifies them: bruised strawberries, Kangols, an unleashed pit bull, Puccini's Suor Angelica, rainy afternoons, Big Bird. It's all here, reconstituted in language and forms that do more than lodge a mirror before our mind's eye. These poems are the gateway to a kingdom of rhythmic feeling, linguistic order, and imaginative explorations."
The Ashland Poetry Press