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Bethel Professor Scruton Publishes Poetry Book

Bethel Professor Scruton Publishes Poetry Book

McKENZIE — The Orchard Street Press recently announced the publication of Blind Season, a poetry chapbook by Bethel University Professor Dr. James Scruton.

A letter released by Orchard Street Press stated, “Blind Season is a collection of twentysix poems that attend, with exceptional skill and grace, to the beauty and import of the everyday things of this world, touchstones to ideas and emotions that mark our human journey.”

The letter goes on to quote writer Billy Collins: “James Scruton likes to stand on an observable fact and then reach for something beyond: a bit of science is often all he needs to launch these poems into their appealing orbits.”

Additionally, Dick Allen, former Poet Laureate of Connecticut, called Scruton’s work “…meticulously crafted poems… Over and over, ordinary things – most of them from nature, such as a sun-shower, onion grass, apples – are transformed…” According to Orchard Street Press, 22 of the poems in Blind Season were first published in eleven different journals including: Comstock Review, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, Evening Street Review, Steam Ticket and Third Wednesday.

“We congratulate Dr. Scruton on this latest literary accomplishment,” said Bethel University President Dr. Walter Butler. “This is testament to his passion for the subject that he teaches, and I am grateful that our students get to benefit from this.”

Scruton is the author of two full collections and two awardwinning chapbooks. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, which awarded him its Fredrick Bock Prize in 1996, and in The Chicago Tribune, Poetry East, North American Review, The Florida Review, Yankee and dozens of other journals. Scruton is the Mary B. Holmes Professor of Literature and Associate Academic Dean at Bethel University.

Copies of Blind Season are available for purchase for $11 from The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280, Gates Mill, Ohio 44040.

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