Dennis Casling

Dennis Casling

Dennis Casling is an interesting and entertaining poet. He is also blind. As a poet, he describes what he sees, working from visual memory, the imagination, and often from dreams or dreamlike states.


He says: "The act of seeing is informed by the imagination. I am not distracted by the visual. I spend my time looking at the invisible."'

Endorphin Angels was a winner in the 2000 Book & Pamphlet Competition, and named a PBS Recommendation.




A blind man looks at a photograph

Your hand on mine moves mine from side to side 
across the photograph. In one corner 
hang cobwebs, sagging under the unseen 
weight of age. Our hands, like coupling spiders, 
examining the candid rectangle 
of church window. A lengthened cross divides 
panes of clear glass. Paint peels from the recess, 
where dead carnations in a stone vase turn 
to dust

This broken moment where we focus 
in hand and eye all our expectation. 
Beyond the rectangle, beyond the cross, 
beyond the desiccating, flaking stone, 
my finger traces suddenly a crest 
of hill descending like your collar bone. 

— From Endorphin Angels

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