Voices Writ In Sand

Voices Writ In Sand by Jeffrey DeLotto

by Jeffrey Delotto

Jeffrey DeLotto's impressive new collection is aptly named as the poet gives voice to characters both historical and personal. From Geronimo-who curses his captors and his captivity-to the hapless sailor in "The Whistle Buoy"-who cannot make it to shore before sunset-DeLotto's narrators, like all of us, contemplate their mortality, "the deep mystery of the dark" to which they return again and again. And there is something timeless in the way the poet captures experiences of ephemeral simplicity-rounding up crabs boiled out of a stock pot, studying spiders inhabiting a sailboat, watching rain turn to snow. These poems haunt us with their challenging familiarity.

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About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey DeLottoWhile his own specialty is in creative writing, especially writing poetry, Dr. DeLotto enjoys the variety of teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to his students. A faculty member for 25 years, Dr. DeLotto is also the creator and general editor for the Texas Wesleyan University Press, the university’s publishing house.

“I like the freedom at Texas Wesleyan to present students with ideas that I think serve them best. I feel like the university leadership appreciates what I do and provides the freedom for my further development, like, writing, taking students on trips, going to conferences, and the creation of new programs.”

Dr. DeLotto feels the small class sizes at Texas Wesleyan are beneficial for professors and students. “Engaged professors give students an individualized and personal education that they can find in few other places.” He strives to “teach students not to need me. I’m helping them develop self-reliance.”

Education Ph.D. English Literature — Florida State University M.A. English — Florida State University B.A. English — University of Florida