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The Mind is JOHN FITZGERALD’s third poetry collection and continues and expands on his insight into the myriad aspects of human emotion. The poems are philosophical; emotions are set against the ‘objective’ consciousness of the mind. The result is a deep exploration of what it means to be human.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published 2011 by salmon press
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Amelie
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I were still working with John FitzGerald (in the interest of full disclosure, we worked together at Red Hen Press), I would nudge him and say of his book THE MIND, "Skynet becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th."

My sense of John is that he has been aware of himself for a long time, but not in a solipsistic or narcissistic way at all. He is a keen observer, a consumer of origins, fine distinctions, continua, grand schemes, and minute details. He likely began observing and c
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Tulika I. Bahadur
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“'THE MIND' BY JOHN FITZGERALD: A NEATLY-STRUCTURED MEDITATION ON THE LOSS…AND THE RECOVERY OF 'THE CENTER'” (On Art and Aesthetics, Tulika I. Bahadur)
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(read full review with illustrations on https://onartandaesthetics.com/2017/0...)
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At the heart of John FitzGerald’s third poetry collection The Mind (2011, Salmon Poetry) is the seemingly important yet forever elusive concept called “The Center”. What is this center? It is never directly defined, just that the effects of its proximity, and
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Diann Blakely
“Men at forty,” as Donald Justice wrote, learn to turn their backs, or close doors—“softly”— on youth and long-passed opportunities as part of their accommodation to a life of mortgages, the body’s increasing betrayals, and other failures of middle age. Perhaps the most painful of these stem from love and marriage, as well as the domestic life that sometimes confines men as inescapably as it does women, though the emotional content of poems that are mirror-images of Justice’s abound too—just pic ...more
John Fitzgerald
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
EDITORIAL REVIEW

This collection of poems reflects on the events in our lives that take place even while we are reaching for light in a dark world. Always out of reach, like listening to the wind, but missing the point, we stumble on. Thoughtful and leaving readers thinking, "The Mind" is an excellent collection and very highly recommended.

- Midwest Book Review
Ron Starbuck
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully presented in its thought and pattern, on the edge and avant-garde writing that transforms your own perceptions of the self and how life is constantly changing and challenging the self to evolve, to imagine your life.
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John FitzGerald is a poet, writer, editor, and lawyer in Los Angeles. A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, he graduated from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review.
His first book, the novel in verse, Spring Water, was a Turning Point Books prize selection in 2005. Telling Time by the Shadows (Turning Point Books) was released in 2008. H
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