Letters to Borges

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Author(s): Stephen Kuusisto
Original Publish Date: Apr 23, 2013
Product Number: EB00650568
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619320253
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
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Description

"[Kuusisto] is a powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor."—The New York Times "A talented writer judged against any standard."—USA Today Best-selling memoirist Stephen Kuusisto uses the themes of travel, place, religion, music, art, and loneliness to explore the relationship between seeing, blindness, and being. In poems addressed to Jorge Luis Borges—another poet who lived with blindness—Kuusisto leverages seeing as negative capability, creating intimacy with deep imagination and uncommon perceptions. "Alone" Today I understood While drinking tea & hearing rain That the word for birth & the one for sin Come from a single root In Finnish — that tongue they Spoke when I was small. Synnty, untranslatable, Original sin nearly, But softer, Like water Carried a long way In a jar In May. Stephen Kuusisto is a poet, essayist, and memoirist. He is the author of two collections of poetry and two memoirs, including the best-selling Planet of the Blind (W. W. Norton & Company, 1998). A graduate from and former teacher at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Kuusisto now teaches at Syracuse University in New York State.

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