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THE INFINITY ROOM by Gary Fincke

THE INFINITY ROOM by Gary Fincke

Frequent contributor Gary Fincke’s new collection The Infinity Room is now available from Michigan State University Press. His poetry was most recently featured in the Autumn 2018 issue.

The Infinity Room is centered on Fincke’s experiences touring Nevada’s atomic bomb test sites, the Chernobyl disaster site, Oak Ridge, and Three Mile Island. These iconic landmarks of the threat of nuclear technology become more than talking points as they provide grounding for narratives of faith and skepticism from multiple viewpoints that employ science, religion, history, myth, politics, and popular culture, including a piece about the author’s experience as a student at Kent State at the time of the National Guard shooting.

Fleda Brown writes of the collection, “Truly, these poems stare deep into the well of the infinite. Gary Fincke writes of the alarms, the danger of Oak Ridge, Chernobyl, Kent State, and our own local ruins, wrecks, and nostalgia, the 'rented rooms of personal history.' These beautifully wrought poems don’t make me afraid. They don’t make me bitter. They cheer me to know that such a voice exists, that such a life exists, that sees with honesty and wisdom. 'What matters, for serenity, / Is believing in your words,' he writes. I myself am a great believer in Fincke’s words.”

Gary Fincke is the emeritus Charles Degenstein professor of creative writing and director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. A two-time winner of a Pushcart Prize, he has also won seven book prizes, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction, The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, and the 2017 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose.

About the Gettysburg Review

The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall.

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