A Voice is discovered in writing poetry, one which then speaks to friendship, story, politics, love, sex, death, spirituality and identity.
In Requiem, one finds: delight in the play of words, nightmares of being stuck with copies of oneself on an elevator, Jesse Helms as a stuffed fish, disgust with fear used in forming public policy, the joy and surprise of meeting an elderly shut-in, love discovered–and lost, the meaning of sex and the rescue by Narcissus, the courageous stand of an abused girl, lovers’ expectations, a friend who cannot see her own beauty, the comic tragedy of The Man with Two Dicks, memories of Allen Ginsberg, the death of a mother and her legacy, understanding the gifts of so many fathers in one’s life, virtual reality and pinball, Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, and the unowned dreams of a newly met young writer.
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John Vore has been a writer for fifteen years. His first book, Tell Me What Home Is LIke, is about Vore's struggle to force the University and the Order of Holy Cross to face its negligence in allowing James Tunstead Burtchaell to "counsel" and use students for over fifteen years. It doubles as an examination of identity.
Vore won his first award as a high school journalist in Indianapolis, Indiana for his coverage of the Reagan Inauguration in 1981. He received an award for his fiction at Notre Dame in 1986, where he later won a scholarship in 1991 to earn his Masters in Writing.
Besides TELL ME WHAT HOME IS LIKE, Vore has written two volumes of poetry and a new book, THE RAFT, a treatise on psychology and spirituality. In it, he lays the groundwork for a new approach to psychology, one suited to the 21st century. He considers his approach "beyond recovery" because it offers a different alternative for those who have been in recovery and want something more or those for whom recovery did not work.
He has also started an on-line monthly journal, LIGHTING UP, which can be found at Firetrap's website.
The company began as a cooperative between Vore and Chicago-based columnist, Jon-Henri Damski's in 1996. Damski died in 1997, but his works have returned to the public via Firetrap in 2002.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
WHO IS ON THE FRONT LINE?
for Timoth Leary
When our heroes die
we cannot allow ourselves to accept the emptiness
Life must now become more full
strong enough that their resitances
may be passed on to us
All that we admired at a distance
must now flow from our hands
What of my excuses now?
They must be laid to rest
with the expectations
and which I
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