Steve with Jacket over his head

You Have to Practice

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I write with my wings and my heart hops in the grass. I can be any age I wish. Today I’m 100 years old. I met a monk in the sauna of a Finnish monastery— his sweat smelled like strawberries. This is who I am, you see. When I’m very old it will always be [...]

Steve with Jacket over his head

How They Make Us Old

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In 1959 when I was four and Nikita Kruschev was sixty five I heard a neighbor in Helsinki explain to my mother the Russians wanted to make everyone old. She was reacting to the Soviet navy’s war games in the Baltic. The comment stuck. I’ve spent my meagre years believing the purpose of colonialism is [...]

Book Cover of "Planet of the Blind" by Steve Kuusisto

Disability and the Life of the Moon

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Each day I wonder afresh how to keep my dignity. Blind, walking, the stares of generally everyone I meet are omnipresent. Every disabled person knows this story. Sometimes I can repress my feelings about the “display” and other times I feel weary and let my emotions arise. Yesterday I said hello to a new student [...]

Steve Kuusisto & guide dog, Corky

Remembering Veterans Who Are Disabled

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  The New York Times published an article on August 24th titled “Remembering Veterans Who Were Wounded”. You can read it here.   Perhaps its persnickety of me to point out the distinction between my title and the Times’ headline but my point is simple—disability is forever. Even if some days you feel better than [...]

Book Cover of "Planet of the Blind" by Steve Kuusisto

Dawkins We Hardly Knew Ye

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No one who studies disability and its place in culture can overlook the severity of abstraction. As Ernst Cassirer famously said, we are symbol making animals. Abstraction means symbolism—the semiotics of analogy—blindness represents disarticulation and powerlessness for instance, but there’s a secondary dynamic of abstraction that has to do with positioning. One must plant a [...]

 

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Steve Kuusisto's Books on Amazon.com

Letters to Borges

Planet of the Blind

Only Bread, Only Light

Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening

The Poet's Notebook

Do Not Interrupt: A Playful Take on the Art of Conversation

 
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