Thank you, Poetry Daily, for This Honor…

 I’ve been designated the “Featured Poet” for today at Poetry Daily.  Needless to say I’m delighted.  I’m grateful, too.

 

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Professor Stephen Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. His second collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, “Letters to Borges has just been released. Listen to Steve read “Letter to Borges in His Parlor” in this fireside reading via YouTube. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled What a Dog Can Do. Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability, education, and public policy. www.stephenkuusisto.com, www.planet-of-the-blind.com

Just Released! Letters to Borges by Stephen Kuusisto (Copper Canyon Press)

Stephen Kuusisto Reads from Letters to Borges, His New Book of Poems

JUST RELEASED!  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.

If you enjoyed this reading and would like to listen to several more poems from Letters to Borges, it’s easy enough to arrange.  This FREE recording is yours to enjoy at your leisure, preferably from your favorite cozy chair with a cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine in hand. Simply fill in the “Join me for a cozy ‘fireside’ poetry reading…” form found to the right of this blog post or make your request below.

REVIEWS:

Seth Abramson Seth Abramson, Poet

Kuusisto’s is a life one wants to know, detailed sparingly by a man one wants to know, inscribed in a generic form one finds oneself not merely compelled but honored to read. Letters to Borges is highly recommended for those who still find honor and beauty in both simplicity and–can it be?–actually having something to say.  Read more of Seth Abramson’s reviewfrom the Huffington Post,  Huff Post Books, November 2012


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If we account for Kuusisto’s restricted sight, the brilliance of his verse acquires deeper resonance, for his work imagines a realm between sight and sound composed of the sensory stimuli we all know and recognize, but split, fractured, and juxtaposed to inhabit the mind’s ear of his readers, a feat unique to this truly gifted poet. — Diego Báez, Booklist Advanced Review

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Professor Stephen Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”.  His second collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, “Letters to Borges has just been released.  He is currently working on a book tentatively titled What a Dog Can Do.  Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability, education, and public policy. www.stephenkuusisto.com, www.planet-of-the-blind.com
 

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Free poetry book: "Only Bread, Only Light"

Congratulations – and thank you – to Cindy Leland!

Cindy purchased a copy of Stephen Kuusisto’s new book, , “Letters to Borges, and saved $ by taking
advantage of the pre-order price. In so doing, she also entered a random drawing and is the winner this week of an autographed copy of “Only Bread, OnlyLight”, Steve’s first book of poetry (Copper Canyon Press).

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Professor Stephen Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. His second collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, “Letters to Borges,
is scheduled for release in October 2012.  In addition to giving
literary readings, Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability,
education, and public policy. www.stephenkuusisto.com

Congrats – and thank you – to Erin Coughlin Hollowell

Congrats – and thank you – to Erin Coughlin Hollowell.

Erin purchased Stephen Kuusisto’s new book of poems and saved $ by taking advantage of the pre-order price. In so doing, she also entered a random drawing and is the winner this week of an autographed copy of “Only Bread, Only Light”, Steve’s first book of poetry (Copper Canyon Press).

Will you be next week’s winner?

 

 

Letters to Borges: Pre-order and save!

Hey friends and poetry lovers!

UPDATE: “Letters to Borges” is now scheduled for a mid-November release.

We are now counting down to the release next month of Steve’s new book! Amazon is offering a special pre-order price (details below!) and Steve would like to sweeten the deal.  Take advantage of Amazon’s offer,  email a copy of your receipt to authorsvirtualsolutions@gmail.com and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of  “Only Bread, Only Light”, Steve’s first book of poems  (Copper Canyon Press).  (If you already have a copy, it would make a great gift for another poetry lover!)

Unless notified otherwise, the scheduled publication date of “Letters to Borges” is October 15th.  Steve will hold one random drawing a week between now and then, and the final drawing will be held on the actual date his new book is released.  That means you will have a minimum of 5 chances to win if you order now.  Winners names will be posted.

1st random drawing: Sept. 19 – Congrats and thank you to Erin Coughlin Hollowell!
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Final drawing: actual release date of “Letters to Borges” (scheduled for Oct. 15)

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Poetry is to me…

“Poetry is an artful plagiarism sometimes, where odd combinations of words influence our language and heightens our experience.”    – Stephen Kuusisto

 

Professor Stephen Kuusisto is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. His second collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press, “Letters to Borges, is scheduled for release in October 2012.  As director of the Renee Crown University Honors Program and a University Professor at Syracuse University, Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability, education, and public policy. www.stephenkuusisto.com, www.planet-of-the-blind.com