Articles by E. Thomas Finan

April 24, 2017

Inside the Ruins: On Derek Walcott’s Life and Work 1

Even as a vision of cultural fusion informs the style of his poetry, the soldering of worlds has ethical implications, too. Accounting for the complexities of others’ experiences can remind us of our abiding human bonds, even amidst the blood and muck of the world.

September 20, 2016

An Essential Human Respect: Reading Walt Whitman During Troubled Times 18

Rather than succumbing to self-righteous demonization, Whitman illustrated the power of a human empathy that transcends ideological bellicosity.