Writing Letters for the Blind

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Ohio State University Press, 2003 - Poetry - 82 pages
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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 ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2003)

Gary Fincke is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Gary Fincke is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing and the Writers' Institute director at Susquehanna UWriting and the Writers' Institute director at Susquehanna University. He has published eighteen books of poetry, short niversity. He has published eighteen books of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, including Blood Ties, in 2fiction, and creative nonfiction, including Blood Ties, in 2001. His collection Writing Letters for the Blind won the 20001. His collection Writing Letters for the Blind won the 2002 Ohio State University Press book prize for poetry. In 20002 Ohio State University Press book prize for poetry. In 2003, Dr. Fincke won the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Fiction fo3, Dr. Fincke won the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Fiction for a new manuscript, entitled Sorry I Worried You. He has recr a new manuscript, entitled Sorry I Worried You. He has recently had his book manuscript The History of Permanence seleently had his book manuscript The History of Permanence selected for the Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prizected for the Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prize, and that volume will be published in late 2011. REVIVING T, and that volume will be published in late 2011. REVIVING THE DEAD is his newest book of poetry published by Time BeingHE DEAD is his newest book of poetry published by Time Being Books. Books.

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