From scholar-poet Ricardo Quinones comes his first collection of poetry since the critically-acclaimed A Sorting of the Ways: New and Selected Poems (2011). Finishing Touches, Quinones fourth book of poems, is a purposeful combination of the old and the new.
The old, represented by Teeming Americana, has its logic in history and opens itself to dramatization while the new, Station Crossings, tends more towards philosophical gatherings and the quests and the needs of character types. The line of difference is marked by the first of the new poems, where reality of events seems to contradict the mythography of poetry.
Presented in prose, "The Coda" is followed by a "defense of poésie," which then plays its part throughout the new poems. Thus, Station Crossings is made up of sections with two poems: the smaller, secondary one intended to counter, augment or disdain the primary, larger venture.
Publication Date: 7 October 2014
LoC Control No.: 2014952288
Catalog No.: 39WP-07
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.2 inches
Portraits do not end at their frame but stretching reach out extending their kind and name.
- Ricardo Quinones
Ricardo Quinones is a scholar-critic, professor emeritus of Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of such prize-winning volumes as The Changes of Cain: Violence and the Lost Brother in Cain-Abel Literature (1991), Dualisms: The Agons of the Modern World (2007), and Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter (2010).
Mr. Quinones has held academic positions as professor or visiting professor at many colleges and universities, including Harvard University, the City University of New York, UC Irvine, and the University of Kansas and has served as president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, chair of the MLA's executive committee on comparative literature, member of the California Council for the Humanities, and member of the National Council on the Humanities. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
39 West Press is honored to feature the poetry of Mr. Quinones.