Blind Huber: Poems

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Price
$16.00
Publisher
Graywolf Press
Publish Date
Pages
96
Dimensions
5.02 X 0.33 X 6.94 inches | 0.24 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781555973735
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About the Author

Nick Flynn's first collection of poems, Some Ether, received numerous awards, including the 1999 "Discovery" / The Nation Award and the 1999 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, as well as several other prizes and honors. He is currently working on a memoir about his father. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews

"Flynn is unquestionably one of the most interesting poets writing today, and avid poetry readers should be lining up for this book." --Library Journal

"[A] compact and compelling lyric sequence." --Publishers Weekly

"Contemplative and empathic, Flynn discerns the essence of complex sensory and emotional states, writing with a light but commanding touch in poems that are at once airy and tensile. In his ravishing and award-winning debut, Some Ether (2000), he portrayed a boy coping with his young mother's suicide. Here, in a radical departure, Flynn imaginatively enters the rarefied existence of a French eighteenth-century beekeeper named Francois Huber, who, in spite of going blind during childhood, conducted groundbreaking studies of the hidden dynamics of hive life with the help of an assistant remembered only as Burnens. As fascinated by the bees' points of view as by Huber's phenomenal ability to divine their ways through sound, touch, and smell, Flynn writes with exquisite delicacy and transporting agility not only of the blind apiarist's vivid perceptions but also of the experiences of drones, workers, and queens. Spellbound within wax edifices beneath a honey rain, Flynn succinctly and resonantly contrasts the dense and thrumming bee realm with our own buzzing, bittersweet world of avid appetites and aggression, longing and valor." --Donna Seaman, Booklist

"This is a work of the creative imagination unlike any other." --Stanley Kunitz