Some days…

planet of the blind

Some days…

Swans in memory stray dogs dropped mitten
Habits of reading against chaos
Mahler on the radio
Old rent check stashed in a book
Wallace Stevens in that case

How young believing poetry
Grandeur of the moderns
God hiding in semi-colons

I like who I was at twenty
Who loved words, tea, shadows
Knut Hamsun’s Hunger
Though he didn’t know why
But he got this: suffering as custom

s=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-7501″ src=”″ alt=”Stephen Kuusisto and Harley” width=”150″ height=”113″ />ABOUT: Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey is now available for pre-order:
Barnes and Noble

Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto

(Photo picturing the cover of Stephen Kuusisto’s new memoir “Have Dog, Will Travel” along with his former guide dogs Nira (top) and Corky, bottom.) Bottom photo by Marion Ettlinger 

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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