Magic City Books is proud to welcome Steve Bellin-Oka for a virtual event in celebration of his poetry collection, "Instructions for Seeing a Ghost," winner of the 2019 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry.
“Steve Bellin-Oka’s poems hold in balance an intensified language and a passionate voice that bring together the struggles of the inner life with stark realities. This is a book of arresting authenticity.” –Peter Balakian, Pulitzer-Prize winner and judge
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will stream live on Facebook. To register in advance for the event, visit here.
"Instructions for Seeing a Ghost" is available now at Magic City Books. You can purchase a copy in store or online here.
About "Instructions for Seeing a Ghost"
This poetry collection is the record of an American’s return home after a decade abroad, an exile imposed solely because he loved another man. In a virtuoso display of lyric and formal inventiveness, Bellin-Oka’s poems meditate on the myriad losses engendered by diaspora: of home, family and sexual identity, and spiritual certainty.
From “Self-Portrait as the Chosen One”:
Long before I was what I am now, short of breath, bald, just returned with arthritic knees from exile in another country’s muck and red volcanic soil, too near-sighted to discern the High Plains tumbleweed from the burning bush of myth, scorched now and silent, long before this, I was the first son my mother bore that lived.
Steve Bellin-Oka is the author of a chapbook, Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station and is the recipient of a Tulsa Artists Fellowship in poetry. He has taught at the University of Mississippi and Eastern New Mexico University. He lives in Tulsa with his husband.