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The Last Person to Hear Your Voice - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)
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The Last Person to Hear Your Voice - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 07/02/2007
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Once I met Borges in a crowded room with his cane over his arm, led by a friend. He was looking up and a little to the left and seemed to be listening to words from above. One does not inherit courage, he had said in an essay on blindness. His courage had grown as his eyes failed him. I shook his hand, as close as I have ever come to worshiping a human, and he quickly wiped his palm with a white handkerchief. I was asking for only a secondhand blessing but I should have known better than to touch anyone who was having a conversation with God.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822959571
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Pointedly political yet richly imagistic, 'The Last Person to Hear Your Voice' functions like a camera in your mind that remembered to take snapshots the last time you traveled the Southwest . . . Shelton's is a book worth savoring."
--Tucson Weekly
"A complete, winding exploration of the role of the individual living both among a society of sufferers and against the backdrop of time. Shelton tries to provide light among the darkness, and does so not only by lightening the situation and wrapping himself in humor, but by staring at the dark long enough for his eyes to adjust to the point where he can make out objects in the shadows."
--The Adirondack Review
"By turns comic, surreal, prophetic, Richard Shelton's poems spring from that place in the mind where high seriousness and play are one. The ordinary opens into an extraordinary lament for our human and political condition. And yet I feel too the joy of invention in these lines, that spirited persistence of the lyric voice that makes our darkness tolerable. The Last Person to Hear Your Voice is a compelling and welcome collection."
--Alison Hawthorne Deming

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