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The Velocity of Dust Aug 6, 2008
With sharp imagery, metaphor and music, the poems in The Velocity of Dust sift through the natural world and human nature, finding their subjects in time, family, love, work, spirituality, redemption, and death. Using what X.J. Kennedy has called "a keen eye for unforgettable details, a masterly command of the language," Whitehead endeavours to find what lies beneath the surface, as in the title poem in which a young couple, refinishing a kitchen table to "remove the old layer of dark varnish," expose more than just the wood's grain. Perhaps just as important, this poet delights in the mystery of process as much as in the truth that is revealed.
About the Poet
Gary J.Whitehead has previously authored two chapbooks of poetry, both winners of national competitions in America. Among other awards, he has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, a Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship at Iowa State University, and a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award. He has held writing residencies at Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks, Mesa Refuge in northern California, and the Heinrich Boll cottage in Ireland. He lives with his wife in the Hudson valley of New York and works as a high school English teacher in Tenafly, New Jersey.