Poetry. Beginning with "Generic Whistle Stop," a long poem that rings myriad changes on political rhetoric, PEACE CONFERENCE goes on to extend such poetic series from prior books as the linguistically hybrid "Yinglish Strophes," the rocking/rolling "Dented Reprise," and "Nonce Sonnet." Thomas Fink's seventh collection also initiates two new series, "Goad" and "Dusk Bowl Intimacies," which, in different ways, force bits of individual psyche to butt heads with the social. The curvilinear twists and torques of many of these poems enable visual and verbal gestures to swing together and apart.
Thomas Fink has published 11 previous books of poetry-most recently A PAGEANT FOR EVERY ADDICTION (Marsh Hawk P, 2020), written collaboratively with Maya D. Mason, Hedge Fund Certainty (Meritage P and i.e. P, 2019) and SELECTED POEMS & POETIC SERIES (Marsh Hawk, 2016). He is the author of Reading Poetry with College and University Students: Overcoming Barriers and Deepening Engagement (Bloomsbury, 2022). Other books include A Different Sense of Power: Problems of Community in Late Twentieth-Century U.S. Poetry (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001) and the co-edited anthology, Reading the Difficulties: Dialogues with Contemporary American Innovative Poetry (U of Alabama P, 2014). His work appeared in Best American Poetry 2007, edited by David Lehman and Heather McHugh. Fink's paintings hang in various collections. He is Professor of English at CUNY- LaGuardia.