Letters to Borges

ISBN-10: 1556593864

ISBN-13: 9781556593864

Edition: 2012

Authors: Stephen Kuusisto

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"[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 TodayBest-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 understoodWhile drinking tea& hearing rainThat the word for birth& the one for sinCome from a single rootIn Finnish — that tongue theySpoke when I was small.Synnty, untranslatable,Original sin nearly,But softer,Like waterCarried a long wayIn a jarIn May.Stephen Kuusistois a poet, essayist, and memoirist. He is the author of two collections of poetry and two memoirs, including the best-sellingPlanet 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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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 2/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 110
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Emily Dickinson and the Ophthalmoscope
Write It Down
The Books to Come
Letter to Borges from Buenos Aires
Letter to Borges in His Parlor
Letter to Borges from Estonia
Letter to Borges from Galway
Letter to Borges from London
Why Poetry Surpasses Your Friends
Early Conditions
Letter from Vienna, Close of Day
At the Winter Solstice, Iowa City
If You Ask
Life in Wartime
Prose Poem Written at 2 a.m.
Letter from Saratoga, California
Approaching Rain
But Seconds, Minutes of Life
Book Review
Caf� Solo with an Old Horn
Apple Mazurka
By Halves
Jazz from Cripple City
The War Production Canzone
Letter to Borges from North Carolina
Letter to Borges from Tampere, Finland
Letter to Borges from Madrid
Letter to Borges from Helsinki
Letter to Borges from Los Angeles
Letter to Borges from Graz
Letter to Borges from Dublin
Letter to Borges from Houston, Texas
Letter to Borges from Grazer Schlo�berg
London, Summer Heat Wave
Letter to Borges from New York City
Letter to Borges from Pittsburgh
Letter to Borges from Porvoo, Finland
Letter to Borges from Turku, Finland
Why this consistent sadness, Borges?
Without Stars
Borges: They Are Knocking the Wind out of Me in Iowa City
Letter to Borges from Troy, New York
As for the World
Sundays in Ohio
The Iowa River
Lullaby: Happenstance Blues
Kansas: Deaf Girl Watching the Moon
Elegy for Ray Charles and His Mother
Elegy for Lucy Grealy
Autobiographia Literaria
For Anyone at All
Dream in D Minor
Poems in a Book
Autumn Comedy
The Summer Chairs
They Say
Hornets in a Woodpile
"If a Nightingale Could Sing like You"
Ode to Victor Frankenstein
The Lottery Sellers
Erasing Stars
History in Empty Air
Elegy for a Guide Dog
Letter to Borges from Syracuse
About the Author
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