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, born in New York City in 1954, is the author of eight previous books of poetry—most recently, Joyride (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013). He has authored two books of criticism, including A Different Sense of Power: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth Century U.S. Poetrry (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001), and has co-edited two collections of criticism, including Reading the Difficulties: Dialogues with Contemporary American Innovative Poetry (University of Alabama Press, 2014). His poem, "Yinglish Strophes 9," was selected for The Best American Poetry 2007 (Scribner's) by Heather McHugh and David Lehman. His paintings hang in various collections. Fink is Professor of English at City University of New York-LaGuardia.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA