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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Gary Fincke has published twenty-five books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, including HOW BLASPHEMY SOUNDS TO GOD (Braddock Avenue Books, 2014), The Proper Words for Sin (West Virginia University Press, 2013), The History of Permanence (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2011), REVIVING THE DEAD (Time Being Books, 2011), The Canals of Mars (Michigan State University Press, 2010), and Amp'd: A Father's Backstage Pass (2004). Twice awarded Pushcart Prizes, Fincke has also been recognized by both the Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize series, and cited twelve times in the past fourteen years for a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays. In 2003, he won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for his story collection, Sorry I Worried You. His work has appeared in such publications as Harper's, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, and Ploughshares. Fincke is currently the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University.

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