Blas Falconer is the author of A Question of Gravity and Light and the coeditor of two essay collections. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange and a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant, his poems have appeared in journals including Crab Orchard Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and Puerto del Sol. He is Coordinator for the Creative Writing Program at Austin Peay State University and poetry editor at Zone 3 Journal / Zone 3 Press. (Author photo by Bethany Ann Stuart)
Centered on the adoption of Blas Falconer's son, The Foundling Wheel creates an emotional mosaic that explores the decision to become a parent.
"The pastoral is the lyric of a landscape. Blas Falconer's landscapes—and the people he places in them—elevate the pastoral to a level where the music has the force of an idea, in a language at once symbolic and probic. His 'Field Marks for Birds,' his 'Warm Day in Winter,' his 'Bluffs of Pico Duarte' become interiors of association and moral conviction, and the book they appear in, The Foundling Wheel, a force in itself."
"The Foundling Wheel is a book of homecoming, a journey whose course follows flickering signs and thrilling undercurrents to arrive at a joy 'without likeness or memory.' Inclusive, spare, intimate, wily, and precise, the poems in Blas Falconer's second collection fulfill their author's opening vow: 'to cut the fruit and not think / of the heart, to think of it and not flinch / or flinch and cut through its core all the same.' In facing 'all fair and foul, lush and bare,' Falconer turns survival and surrender into bittersweet sources of praise."
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