Book of Poetry by Francis Fike Published
Posted May 19, 2003
HOLLAND -- "In Season and Out," a volume of poetry
by Francis Fike, professor emeritus of English at Hope
College, has recently been published by Equilibrium Books in
The 37 poems in the book are divided into three
sections, or "seasons": seasons of the mind--on human
relationships, attitudes, and behaviors; seasons of the
earth--on the cycles and restorative powers of nature and
encounters with animals; and seasons of the spirit--on
occasions of encountering the Holy.
"In Season and Out" is Fike's fifth book of
poetry. "Underbrush" (1986), "In the Same Rivers" (1989),
and "Off and On" (2000) were published by Robert L. Barth of
Florence, Ky. And "After the Serpent's Word" was published
by Fithian Press of Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1997. His
poems have also appeared in literature anthologies and in
many well-known literary journals, including "The Classical
Outlook," "The Epigrammatist," "The Formalist," "Hellas" and
"The Southern Review." His religious poems have been
published in "Anglican Theological Review," "Perspectives"
and "The Church Herald."
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 faculty in 1968 and taught at
the college until his retirement in 1998. He taught
previously at Cornell University.
Fike is 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 serves as poetry editor for
Copies of "In Season and Out" are available at the
Hope-Geneva Bookstore in the DeWitt Center on the Hope