posted September 30, 1997

Francis Fike Has Poetry Volume Published

"After the Serpent's Word," a volume of poetry by Francis Fike, professor of English at Hope College, has recently been published by Fithian Press in Santa Barbara, Calif.

          The book is a collection of 43 poems, blending
  together new works with some that were published earlier.
          Poet and critic X.J. Kennedy, commenting on the
  book, says that Fike "finds grace and ceremony in the
  ordinary...I admire his lyrics, his epigrams, his skilled
  translations from Old English, French, and Latin.  Fike aims
  high: clearly he sets himself to write in the great
  tradition of those who insisted, like Hardy and the late
  master formalist Yvor Winters, on clear sense, moral
  insight, and tightly controlled craft."  John Daniel, owner
  and editor of Fithian Press, adds that "Fike's poems
  demonstrate that form does not limit a poem but can, when
  wielded with ease and discipline, give a poem power."
          "After the Serpent's Word" is Fike's third book of
  poetry.  "Underbrush" was published in 1986, and "In the
  Same Rivers" in 1989, both by Robert L. Barth of Florence,
  Ky.  His poems have also been published in many well-known
  literary journals including "The Classical Outlook," "The
  Epigrammatist," "The Formalist," "Hellas" and "The Southern
  Review."
          Fike received his B.A. from Duke University and a
  Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.
  He was awarded a Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at
  Stanford University, where he earned an M.A. in creative
  writing (poetry), with Yvor Winters as his mentor, then a
  Ph.D. with an emphasis in Victorian literature.
          He joined the Hope College faculty in 1968.  He
  taught previously at Cornell University.
          Fike is the author of many scholarly articles and
  reviews, including studies of a wide range of British and
  American literature and studies combining theology and
  literature.  He has also published personal essays, most
  notably "A Skulk of Foxes," which appeared in "Audubon"
  magazine in 1984.  He currently serves as poetry editor for
  "Perspectives" magazine.
     Copies of "After the Serpent's Word" are available from
  the college's Hope-Geneva Bookstore for $10.