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English professor celebrates culimination of 10 years' work

Norman Finkelstein presenting poetry from latest, final volume of Track

10/13/05

Norman Finkelstein, a professor in the department of English, and his wife, Alice, co-presented part one of Powers: Track Volume Three, the third volume of his poem titled, simply, Track. The performance took place on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Long Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Powers: Track Volume Three is a dramatic dialogue that conveys a scholar’s thoughts as she researches the origins of Western religious culture. The scholar—read by Alice—muses over the ancient texts before her while communing with voices past and present, played by Norman.

In 1993, Norman began writing what eventually became the three-volume series, which he completed in 2003. The first volume, Track, was published in 1999 and the second volume, Columns: Track Volume II, appeared in 2002. Powers was published in September 2005. All three volumes are published by Spuyten Duyvil, a small literary press in New York that specializes in fiction and poetry.

Finkelstein has been a faculty member at Xavier since 1980, and teaches poetry, modern American literature and Jewish literature. He served as chair of the department of English from 1994-2000.