Dr. Robert Deluty, associate dean emeritus of the Graduate School, has published a new book of poetry, "Sensations and Associations." In his review, Dr. Ronald Pies writes, "In Robert Deluty's remarkable 63d book, Don DeLillo is quoted as saying, 'But I'm not trying to manipulate reality. This is just what I see and hear.' The same may be said of Robert Deluty, who sees our crazy, ramshackle, and benighted world just as it is, without manipulation or make-up. But seeing and hearing - the "sensations" of the collection's title - take on a heightened acuity in Deluty's poems, which focus on human foibles in all their poignancy and humor. Thus, we read of two Jews wishing/ their Seder were catered/ by the Chinese and in the bloodmobile,/ their Mom stating she’d prefer/ to donate fat. James Dickey once described poetry as 'the last refuge of non-manipulative language.' Deluty's excellent new collection affirms this in its clear-eyed but humane vision."
And in his appraisal of the book, Dr. George Northrup notes, "Ready for another round of enlightened and entertaining wordplay? Robert Deluty’s Sensations and Associations will not disappoint. By turns, funny, punny, and poignant, his latest volume of poetry touches on the unfairness of guilt, chess as a contact sport, the secret appeal of Hydroxyzine, and the excitement of dead languages. Meet the scuba diva, the hairdresser locksmith, the Dad who attended UMass Transit, the cat learning to fist bump, and many other characters springing from the author’s rich imagination directly into your lucky life. Enjoy!"