Poetry. Disability Studies. This chapbook brings a series of grieving poems to a world haunted by one of its most troubling paradoxes, how we are struck down in an otherwise healthy life by the disintegration of the self in dementia. They are the poems of a husband who writes while watching his wife succumb to the disease. Finn Wilcox, whose recent Empty Bowl collection, TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW, portrayed the passion and humility of ordinary life in a direct and compelling way, amplifies that book's section of love poems with the force of such truth only his own inimitable descriptions of longing and solitude can bring to a poet's calling. These are poems to share, and to take in deeply as a compassionate offering when love and loss are shades of the same passage of time.
Finn Wilcox, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, worked in the woods of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains with the forest workers co-op, Olympic Reforestation, for twenty-five years, planting over a million trees. He spent a great deal of time riding the rails, and learning about the life, journeys, and history of the once- respected American Hobo. His book, Here Among the Sacrificed, which includes the poignant photography of Steve R. Johnson, portrays the people he met on freight trains and in railroad yards through memorable poems and stories—all of which, along with a selection of Steve Johnson's photos, are included in TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW (Empty Bowl, 2018). He is also the author of THE SILENCE OF A SHOOTING STAR (Empty Bowl, 2019) and LESSON LEARNED: LOVE POEMS (Empty Bowl, 2010) From the mid-seventies through the early nineties, he was an editor for Empty Bowl Press. Along with Jerry Gorsline, he co-edited the original and the expanded editions of WORKING THE WOODS, WORKING THE SEA: AN ANTHOLOGY (Empty Bowl, 2008). He and his wife, Pat Fitzgerald, live in Port Townsend, Washington.Author City: PORT TOWNSEND, WA USA