Miller Williams selected this book to receive the first John Ciardi Award for Poetry, sponsored by BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Many of these poems explore newly revealed dimensions of the relationship between physical and emotional identity. The book's title, for example, is drawn from the poem "News Item: Man Receives First Hand Transplant": "Our bodies are repaired with metallic/instruments, microscopes, and catheters,/suction hoses and scalpels--/the resurrection machine." Yet the patient also imagines his new hand's "history of touches," wondering to what extent this new hand connects him to the hand's previous physical and emotional existence. This is a timely and thoughtful collection.
Steve Gehrke's poems chronicle the body's losses and recoveries.... -- Nicole Cooley
What I like most about the poems of Steve Gehrke is that while they're finished, they're not complete.... -- Miller Williams
Steve Gehrke graduated from the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has received a fellowship to study at Bucknell University and a James Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999, he was a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine. He has worked as an editor on Mankato Poetry Review, and The Corresponder: A Fan Letter on Minnesota Writers. Individual poems have appeared in Midwest Quarterly, Chiron Review, Passages North, Flyway, South Dakota Review, and the anthology American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press).
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