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ISBN 9781556591501
Author Stephen Kuusisto
Format Trade Paper
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
Published 2000-10-01
Language English
Pages 104
Book subject Poetry (Poetic Works By One Author)

Only Bread, Only Light

Paperback — Oct 1, 2000 by Stephen Kuusisto

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With this, his first collection of poetry, Stephen Kuusisto (author of the memoirPlanet of the Blind) explores blindness and curiosity, loneliness and the found instruments of continuation. Exploiting the seeming contradiction of poetry's reliance upon visual imagery with Kuusisto's own sightlessness, these poems cultivate a world of listening: to the natural world, to the voices of family and strangers, to music and the words of great writers and thinkers.
Kuusisto has written elsewhere, "I see like a person who looks through a kaleidoscope; my impressions of the world at once beautiful and largely useless." So it is no surprise that in his poems mortal vision is uncertain, supported only by the ardor of imagination and the grace of lyric surprise. Sensually rich and detailed, Kuusisto's poems are humorous, complex, and intellectually engaged. This collection reveals a major new poetic talent.

"Only Bread, Only Light"

At times the blind see light,
And that moment is the Sistine ceiling,

Grace among buildings--no one asks
For it, no one asks.

After all, this is solitude,
Daylight's finger,

Blake's angel
Parting willow leaves.

I should know better.
Get with the business

Of walking the lovely, satisfied,
Indifferent weather--

Bread baking
On Arthur Avenue

This first warm day of June.
I stand on the corner

For priceless seconds.
Now everything to me falls shadow


Stephen Kuusisto's 1998 memoirPlanet of the Blind received tremendous international attention, including appearances onOprah, Dateline, andTalk of the Nation. TheNew York Times named it a "Notable Book of the Year" and praised it as "a book that makes the reader understand the terrifying experience of blindness, a book that stands on its own as the lyrical memoir of a poet." A spokesperson for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Kuusisto teaches at Ohio State University.
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