Writing Letters for the Blind
These poems begin in the coming-of-age moments that change us by forcing recognition of physical weakness, the power of sex. the importance of family, the presence of evil, and the prevalence of mortality. The book opens with narratives taken primarily from childhood and then, divided by long poem sequences, moves to adulthood and confrontation with the identity we acquire through close relationships and the pressures of our appetites, finally ending with what reads as a universal prayer of redemption. "Writing Letters for the Blind presents the reader with visions of this world and all its beauty and sordidness, joy and disappointment. This poet reports the breaking news just in from the heart and soul, and the body as well."My father has taught me the beatitudes of sight," Fincke tells us, always aware of what we owe to those who brought us here. He stays up through the starry darkness in the insomnia of one who feels it his duty to pay passionate attention, a poet engaged in "the basic defense of simple things."
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Prof Gary Fincke is the head of the Creative Writing Dept at Susquehanna University. It appear's that Prof Fincke can back-up what he teaches with his own writing. I have read other books of poetry by Prof FIncke and my favorites are the poems he writes about his childhood. This seems to be a major topic for many of his poems. I'm not sure if it's because we are fairly close in age but I can relate to many of his childhood experiences. Either way his writing is strong, sharp and inspires thought while maintaining a blue-collar edge. The title poem is wonderful and a good choice as it pulls together an interesting area of his childhood. This wasn't the first book by Prof Fincke that I have read and it will not be the last.
The Fathers I Could See from My Room
Marking the Body
The Resurrection Manual
The Busy Darkness
The Sin Diseases
Miss Hutchings Takes the Girls in Our Health Class Aside for the Lesson
WRITING LETTERS for the BLIND
“The Billion Heartbearts of the Mammal” and “Writing Letters for the Blind” are reprinted. from the American Scholar, Volume 69, No. ...
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Gary Fincke: Press
His collection Writing Letters for the Blind won the 2003 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Poetry Prize and has just been published. ...
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