Belo Cipriani with his guide dog Oslo

Imagine if the most severe physical pain and sorrow in your life were inflicted by the people you trusted most. In the spring of 2007, Belo Cipriani was beaten and robbed of his sight at the hands of his childhood friends.

Blind: A Memoir chronicles the two years immediately following the assault. At the age of twenty-six, Belo found himself learning to walk, cook, and date in the dark.

Armed with visual memory and his newly developed senses, Belo shows readers what the blind see.  He narrates the recondite world of the blind, where microwaves, watches, and computers talk, and where guide dogs guard as well as lead.

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An Interview with Award-Winning Poet Meg Day

Today on Nearsighted, we welcome award-winning poet, activist, and arts educator Meg Day, who has a new collection of poetry that just hit the shelves called Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street Press, 2014). She is also the Poetry Editor for Quarterly West and is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of... Read More
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Just Released: Midday Dreams, a Short Story by Belo Cipriani

I was 16 years old when I happened to find an Amália Rodrigues CD accidentally nestled between Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn at Tower Records in San Jose. The guy at the music store didn’t know who she was and was about to take the CD from me when I realized the songs listed on the back cover... Read More