Timothy Donnelly Gives Voice to The Problem of the Many in His Much-Anticipated Poetry Collection

Rochelle Goldstein
September 25, 2019
Book cover for 'The Problem of the Many'

Hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the most anticipated books of the season, The Problem of the Many, professor Timothy Donnelly’s third poetry collection, was praised in a starred review for its “[i]mpressive … articulation and range of insights…,” its “contemporary and capacious scope,” and “wild imaginings.”

Donnelly’s newest work weaves many philosophical and cultural strands into a tapestry of the darker side of western civilization. In a recent interview with The Kenyon Review Online, Donnelly explained his intention, “I wanted to experiment with a variety of voices and perspectives, not all of them human actually, and certainly not all of them mine, but all of them somehow cohering into a kind of sad but at the same time ardent, exuberant pageant. That’s more or less my day to day.”

This latest offering follows his much lauded second collection, Cloud Corporation, which garnered the prestigious Kingsley Tufts award in 2012. 

A launch party for Donnelly’s new book along with fellow professor Dorothea Lasky’s latest book, Animalalso released this month—will take place September 27 at the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo.