Poetry. "Fink collages fractured dialogue, political farce, pop song lyrics, and tabloid tidbits to make his deliberate music and 'tactful oomph.'"—Denise Duhamel"If you want plain speech, go to the groves of academe...But if you want plain speech that dances like fleas on a hot griddle, you've come to the right place...Everyone in our family, whatever that is, is a martian; now we need to listen to what they are saying. Tom Fink does that and more."—John Yau"PEACE CONFERENCE (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011) is a remarkable collection of poems which encourages one to read, reread, and finally participate in the construction of a poetic space that liberates as much as it channels emotional flow."—Susan Smith Nash"My admiration of Tom Fink's poetry is enormous.. The 'Dusk Bowl Intimacies' represent a triumph in contemporary poetry."—Sheila E. Murphy
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.