Xavier English professor to do a reading from his new book of poems, Scribe

Norman Finkelstein performs Tuesday night in the faculty lounge at the McDonald Library | September 21, 2009

Norman Finkelstein, professor of English at Xavier University, is reading from Scribe, his new book of poems, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the faculty lounge of the McDonald Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Scribe has been described as the epitome of the paradoxical heart of poetry, “where terror and enchantment, the communal and the solitary, the light and the dark, the imaginings of adult and child come together in an ancient music entirely of our moment.”

Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1954. He received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He is a professor of English at Xavier and has lived in Cincinnati since 1980.

His books of poetry include Restless Messengers (Georgia, 1992), Passing Over (Marsh Hawk, 2007), and the three-volume serial poem Track: Track (Spuyten Duyvil, 1999), Columns (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002), and Powers (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). He has also written extensively about modern and post-modern poetry and about Jewish literature. His books of criticism include Not One of Them In Place: Modern Poetry and Jewish American Identity (SUNY, 2002) and Lyrical Interference: Essays on Poetics (Spuyten Duyvil, 2004). On Mt. Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry will be published by the University of Iowa Press in 2010.