Reviving the Dead by Gary Fincke

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews


The poems in REVIVING THE DEAD are triggered by the death of the poet's father, but they work to do more than narrate events. Centered by the long, title sequence, these poems come at death and grief, as well as faith and skepticism, from as many angles as the poet can muster, using science and religion, history and myth, popular culture, and what seem to be trivial oddities, to create a particular way of seeing that has drawn praise from writers, editors, and readers alike. The poems are polished but electric; they are dark but vibrant with love and longing. This collection brings us the characters, places, and incidents of narrative poetry, but it also rises to the exacting lyricism of a singular voice that connects us to what it means to be human.

About Gary Fincke

See more books from this Author
Gary Fincke is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing and the Writers' Institute director at Susquehanna University. He has published eighteen books of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, including Blood Ties: Working-Class Poems, in 2001. His collection Writing Letters for the Blind won the 2002 Ohio State University Press book prize for poetry. In 2003, Dr. Fincke won the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Fiction for a new manuscript, entitled Sorry I Worried You.  He has recently had his book manuscript The History of Permanence selected for the Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prize, and that volume will be published in late 2011. Reviving the Dead is his newest book of poetry published by Time Being Books. Winner of the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry Magazine and the Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore, Dr. Fincke has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize as well as seven fellowships for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in such periodicals as Harper's, Newsday, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, American Scholar, and Doubletake. Twice awarded Pushcart Prizes for his work, Dr. Fincke has had his prize-winning essay "The Canals of Mars" reprinted in The Pushcart Essays, an anthology of the best nonfiction printed during the first twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize volumes. Dr. Fincke also writes a bi-weekly newspaper column that has been reprinted in the Atlanta Constitution, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Sacramento Bee, and dozens of other newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Fincke grew up in a working-class district near Pittsburgh and currently lives in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Elizabeth. 
Published April 19, 2012 by Time Being Books. 111 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction