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

Contents

The Fathers I Could See from My Room
5
Marking the Body
19
The Resurrection Manual
25
The Busy Darkness
31
The Sin Diseases
39
Miss Hutchings Takes the Girls in Our Health Class Aside for the Lesson
61
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Gary Fincke is the Charles B. Degenstein Professor of English and Creative Writing at Susquehanna University, where he directs the Writers Institute.

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