Letters to Borges

Letters to Borges

by Stephen Kuusisto


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ISBN-13: 9781556593864
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen Kuusisto is a poet, memoirist and essayist. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, Kuusisto has been blind since birth, developing a gifted ear for rhythm, pace and sound. He attended Hobart College where he earned a BA and the University of Iowa, where he earned an MFA. He is the author of two collections of poetry and two memoirs, including the best-selling Planet of the Blind (1998). He teaches at the University of Iowa, where he holds dual appointments in the Writers' Workshop and the College of Medicine. His poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Seneca Review, Partisan Review, and Poetry. He has been featured on National Public Radio, Dateline NBC, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

Table of Contents


Emily Dickinson and the Ophthalmoscope 5

Write It Down 8

The Books to Come 10

Letter to Borges from Buenos Aires 12

Letter to Borges in His Parlor 13

Letter to Borges from Estonia 14

Letter to Borges from Galway 15

Letter to Borges from London 16

Why Poetry Surpasses Your Friends 17


Early Conditions 21

Letter from Vienna, Close of Day 22

At the Winter Solstice, Iowa City 23

Alone 24

If You Ask 25

Life in Wartime 26

Prose Poem Written at 2 a.m. 27

Letter from Saratoga, California 30

Approaching Rain 32

But Seconds, Minutes of Life 33

Book Review 34

Normal 35

Café Solo with an Old Horn 38

Apple Mazurka 39

By Halves 40

Jazz from Cripple City 41

The War Production Canzone 42


Letter to Borges from North Carolina 47

Letter to Borges from Tampere, Finland 49

Letter to Borges from Madrid 50

Letter to Borges from Helsinki 51

Letter to Borges from Los Angeles 52

Letter to Borges from Graz 54

Letter to Borges from Dublin 55

Letter to Borges from Houston, Texas 56

Letter to Borges from Grazer Schloβberg 57

London, Summer Heat Wave 58

Letter to Borges from New York City 59

Letter to Borges from Pittsburgh 60

Letter to Borges from Porvoo, Finland 61

Letter to Borges from Turku, Finland 62

Why this consistent sadness, Borges? 64

Without Stars 65

Borges: They Are Knocking the Wind out of Me in Iowa City 66

Letter to Borges from Troy, New York 68


As for the World 71

Sundays in Ohio 72

The Iowa River 73

Lullaby: Happenstance Blues 74

Kansas: Deaf Girl Watching the Moon 75

Elegy for Ray Charles and His Mother 76

Elegy for Lucy Grealy 78

Autobiographia Literaria 80

For Anyone at All 81

Dream in D Minor 82

Poems in a Book 83

Autumn Comedy 84

The Summer Chairs 85

They Say 87

Hornets in a Woodpile 88

"If a Nightingale Could Sing like You" 89

Ode to Victor Frankenstein 91

The Lottery Sellers 92

Erasing Stars 93

History in Empty Air 94

Elegy for a Guide Dog 96

Letter to Borges from Syracuse 97

About the Author 98

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