Poetry. "I once asked a surgeon what it's like to heal people. He shook his head, a no, and said, 'Surgeons don't heal people. We fix things that have gone wrong. Others heal people, certainly certain poets do.' A mystery. However, the difference between fixing and offering the healing that comes from deep understanding, firm comfort, from a profoundly informed intuition as to what to say and when, and a fierce allegiance to the life of the soul live throughout Mark Hiskes's STANDING WITH ALYOSHA. These poems lead us into the truth of paradox, a place where we sigh and within that sigh discover joy. When you wander within these poems, you will once again recognize that 'braver still are' those who sit with the difficulty of others. As Hiskes writes in the title poem 'It's the place of darkness / at crossroads everywhere, / offering bewildered travelers / light enough to glimpse / the willing figure love makes or / the long, shivering shadow of its retreat.' This is a poet who has spent years honing his art and a lifetime walking into another's 'place of darkness' bringing 'the willing figure love makes.'"—Jack Ridl
Mark Hiskes grew up in Chicago, the seventh of eight kids lucky enough to be raised by Harold and Everdean. He has been blessed to be an English teacher for 35 years. When he's not grading papers, he loves to walk, read, write, hang out in classrooms with students, and refurbish old furniture with Cindy for her antique business. On good days, he manages to do a little of all five. He and Cindy have proudly raised two children, Peter and Mary, who are off on family adventures of their own. Mark and Cindy live near the foxes in Holland, Michigan.
Author City: HOLLAND, MI USA