Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death

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6.0 X 0.19 X 9.0 inches | 0.28 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Flanigan is a novelist, poet, and playwright, as well as a practicing lawyer. His novel, Mink Eyes, is set in 1986 and explores the greed is good dynamic and the cultural tensions and gender complexities of that era. It is a modern hero's quest in mystery-detective form. In addition to developing a screenplay version of Mink Eyes, he has published a book of verse and prose poetry, Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death, and Dewdrops, a collection of his shorter fiction. He has also written the full-length plays-Secrets (based on the life of Eleanor Marx) and Moondog's Progress (based on the life of Alan Freed).
Matthew Lippman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and has taught criminal law and criminal procedure for more than 30 years. He has also taught courses on civil liberties, law and society, and terrorism and has taught international criminal law at UIC School of Law. He earned a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University, earned a master of laws from Harvard Law School, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He has been voted by the graduating seniors at UIC to receive the Silver Circle Award for outstanding teaching on six separate occasions and has also received the UIC Flame Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award, the Teaching Recognition (Portfolio) Award, the HOPE Award, and the Honors College Fellow of the Year Award. The university chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honors society, named him Criminal Justice Professor of the Year on three occasions. In 2008, he was recognized as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Teacher. He was honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which named him Commencement Marshal at the May 2012 graduation. Professor Lippman is also recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
Professor Lippman is author of 100 articles and author or coauthor of six books. These publications focus on criminal law and criminal procedure, international human rights, and comparative law. He also is author of five other SAGE volumes: Criminal Procedure (4th ed., 2020), Essential Criminal Law (3rd ed., 2020), Law and Society (3rd ed., 2021), Criminal Evidence (2016), and Striking the Balance: Debating Criminal Justice and Law (2018). In 2018, he received the Cornerstone Author Award from SAGE Publishing. His work is cited in hundreds of academic publications and by domestic and international courts and organizations. He also has served on legal teams appearing before the International Court of Justice in The Hague and submitting briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, has testified as an expert witness on international law before numerous state and federal courts, and has consulted with both private organizations and branches of the U.S. government.
Professor Lippman regularly appears as a radio and television commentator and is frequently quoted in leading newspapers. He has served in every major administrative position at UIC in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice including Department Head, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Graduate Studies.


"Dan Flanigan is a visionary poet. His series of poems, Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death ... grapples with the death of his wife. In these poems he takes the reader on the journey that his wife endured, and he with her, in her wrenching passage from life to death. ... What he has created is astonishing. There is a humanity at the core of these pieces that shakes the reader to the bone. They are moving. They are elegiac. They are celebratory ... they are the human heart in a singular and authentic voice. Flanigan's poetry is ... playful, intelligent, of the personal and the universal simultaneously ... they are completely of us, for us, the world at large."

..". magical, haunting, and utterly sublime ..."

..". heartbreaking and exquisite ..." --From the Foreword by Matthew Lippman Author of A Little Gut Magic, The New Year of Yellow, Monkey Bars, Salami Jew, and American Chew

"Grief transformed into verse, but no less painful. Poignant and a brutally honest reckoning but also a celebration of a life." C.P

"Written as a tribute to his beloved wife and partner in life, the author takes the reader into seldom explored terrain, the mysterious time between living and dying...the author's free verse style and dream like writing makes the story that unfolds seem more like a mysterious journey which has several twists and turns that reveal unexpected events which they both experience, each in their own way, but within a cocoon of support, comfort and unconditional love that only these two people can understand and share." E.B.

..".I heard about this on a podcast, downloaded it on a whim, and ended up reading the entire thing on my phone in an evening.

This is the only modern poetry I've read on this subject, and it engrossed me." J.S.

"What I love most...it made me enjoy reading poetry again; and even, sometimes, reading it aloud. The TRUTH in the feelings of these poems underpins the language and the form of his work--sometimes free verse, held together by rhythm and by consonance ('Sonora'); sometimes in prose poems. Speaking of which, '72d and Amsterdam' is prose in form and poetic in language and inspiration. "A Trip to the Underworld' references a Greek Classic but uses the idea with sardonic humor to deal with a painful end-of-life experience: the rapid loss of a wife after many years of marriage and struggle and family. That sense of struggle is masterfully presented in 'Quills: ' the poem resonates for me as a contrast with a song both the poet and I are familiar with: 'Muskrat Love'...In 'The Second Theological Virtue" there is the wonderful line: 'Hope is much crueler than despair.' Enough said: I am getting back to my reading and reciting and thinking. This is what modern poetry can be: honest and not precious; technically strong but not academic; available like that of Robert Frost; worth re-reading." J.E.