How does driving a tractor at age five, irrigating corn, and reading a
cartoon book about anatomy in a three-shelf-library one-room country
school prepare one to become a physician? In the poems of Cornfields, Cottonwoods,
Seagulls, and Sermons, poet-physician Joseph Gascho
reflects on such questions.
"Regardless of the author’s age, a first book often reveals the source of the poet’s voice, and Joseph Gascho’s memoir in free verse is no exception. These poems trace a profound journey, reckoning both losses and gains that came of his family’s move off a Nebraska farm for the boy’s education. Savor a vanished world returned in these rich narratives of rural America, and meditate on the meanings of place—geographical, social, familial, and economic—migration, and cultural change." —Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Author, Shale Play (2018)
from Nebraska to the East, childhood to maturity, farmsteads to
hospital rooms, these poems render the moments, people, and places of
Joseph Gascho's life with understated intensity. His lucid, vivid poems
hum with curiosity and compassion."
Market: Gascho's poems should appeal to anyone who appreciates fine poetry and is drawn to poems that memorably transmute growing up in Nebraska into literary art.
Shelving: Poetry; Anabaptist-Mennonite literature; Poetry—of growing up in Nebraska and the Midwest, cardiology, medicine, theological insights. BISAC: Poetry; RTM: 640 Poetry.
The Author: Joseph Gascho, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, is a cardiologist at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. He grew up on a farm in Nebraska and moved with his father and mother to Virginia when he was 13. He presently practices medicine, reads echocardiograms, and teaches medical students. Many of his poems arise from his interactions with his patients and his viewing of medical images.
Publishing House LLC
Copyright © 2017 by Cascadia Publishing House LLC