The Dimming gathers a one-act farce in verse and some key unpublished, uncollected, and recently revised poems that trace the trajectory of my lifelong passion for nature, international travel, and the nuanced miracles of language. These poems document a physical and spiritual journey spanning sixty years---from the solitary, exuberant, and often naIve quests of youth to the skeptical discoveries and stoic endurance of mid-life to the belated resignation, philosophical maturity, and perhaps a dash of the wisdom that longevity occasionally grants one in old age. The compilation of this selection of poems has reinforced my feeling that one of the best available means for making sense of the vagaries and absurdities of life may well be found in the art of poetry.
About the Author
Eric Sellin taught French and American literature in the United States, Europe, and Africa, notably at Temple University (1962-1991) and Tulane University (1991-2001). He has held three Senior Fulbright Awards to Algeria (1968-69), Senegal (1978-79), and Morocco (1989). He now resides year round in Philadelphia.
Sellin is the author of two scholarly books on French avant-garde literature, two books on soccer, and eight books of poetry, three of which-including Ombres de mon soleil: Poèmes 1970-2005-were composed in French.
His poems and translations have recently appeared in Philadelphia Poets, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, Hinge Online, Mead, Blue Unicorn, Chronicles, Metamorphoses, World Literature Today, Ezra, and Measure. Abdelfattah Kilito's Arabs and the Art of Storytelling: A Strange Familiarity, co-translated by Mbarek Sryfi and Sellin (Syracuse University Press, 2014), was a finalist for the 2015 French-American Foundation Translation Prize in non-fiction.