Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new book of poetry, “A Scratch On The Wall.”
In his review, Dr. Ronald Pies writes: “Robert Deluty’s latest collection takes its cue from William Faulkner’s observation that the writer ‘wants to leave a scratch on [the] wall . . . that somebody a hundred, or a thousand years later will see.’ Indeed, whether it is the ‘renowned scientist/ requesting to be buried/ holding his reprints’ or ‘the frightened man/ wishing he could be bold/ outside his dreams,’ Deluty’s memorable poetic characters often embody the deep desire to ‘leave a scratch’ on the wall of immortality. As a writer and poet more aware of life’s brevity than most, Deluty has already left much more than a ‘scratch’ on that wall. His gemlike poems inscribe both our darkest fears and fondest hopes — and do so with humor and empathy for the human predicament.”
Copies of “A Scratch On The Wall,” as well as of Deluty’s other books, are on sale at the UMBC Bookstore.