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Finney to sign copies of ‘Fire Gate Poems’ April 19

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Henry C. Finney will read from and sign his book of poetry, “Fire Gate Poems,” at 6 p.m. April 19 at Ruby K’s Bagel Café. Tickets, $15, which includes a book, sweets and a drink, are available at Otowi Station Bookstore or at the door for $20.
Trained in sociology and the fine arts, Finney explained how he came to poetry. “It began during college, when the impulse seemed always to arise from a strong surge of emotion or aesthetic feeling about something,” he said.
“Sometimes it was a scene, a person I knew, loved or admired, or a concrete experience. It would prompt an impulse to somehow ‘sing’ the emotion, to express it lyrically. The impulse would arise from the right brain. Logical or rational expression seemed unsuited to the yearning; poetry and art felt much more direct.
“Back then in the 1960s, I began doing both. In retrospect I realize that my writing, research, and teaching in sociology drew much more on the left-brain, leaving the right hemisphere rather starved. Art and poetry redressed the imbalance.”
When asked about the spark that ignites his work, Finney explained that experiences guide him.


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