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Only Bread, Only Light: Poems

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With this, his first collection of poetry, Stephen Kuusisto (author of the memoir Planet of the Blind) explores blindness and curiosity, loneliness and the found instruments of continuation. Exploiting the seeming contradiction of poetry’s reliance upon visual imagery with Kuusisto’s own sightlessness, these poems cultivate a world of listening: to the natural world, to th ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Copper Canyon Press
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Andrew Sydlik
Jan 24, 2012 Andrew Sydlik rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, disability
This is simply an amazing book of poetry. Since Kuusisto is legally blind, much of his work deals with careful and creative listening, as well as fragmented and imagined visual images. I only mention his blindness because he puts it out there as a source of inspiration from the first poem, "Blind Days in Early Youth":
Start with a hyphenated word, something Swedish--
Rus-blind; "blind drunk"; blinda-flacken; "blind spot"

Blind-pipa; "nonentity," "a type of ghost."

Many issues of living with blindnes
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I wasn't as excited with this book as I have been with Kuusisto's other books, especially his prose.
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