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Joseph Fasano

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Joseph Fasano

Joseph Fasano is the author of three collections of poems, Inheritance (Cider Press Review, 2014); Fugue for Other Hands (Cider Press Review, 2013), winner of the Cider Press Review Book Award; and Vincent, forthcoming in 2015 from Cider Press. His honors include two Pushcart Prize nominations, the RATTLE Poetry Prize, and a finalist nomination for the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize.

He teaches at Manhattanville College and in the graduate and undergraduate writing programs at Columbia University. He lives in New York City.

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Joseph Fasano: Poetic Lineage

Joseph Fasano: Poetic Lineage

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You sit at a window and listen to your father
crossing the dark grasses of the fields

toward you, a moon soaking through his shoes as he shuffles the wind
aside, the night in his hands like an empty bridle.

How long have we been this way, you ask him.
It must be ages

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If tonight the moon should arrive like a lost guide
crossing the fields with a bitter lantern in her hand,

her irides blind, her dresses wild, lie down and listen to her
find you; lie down and listen to the body become

the promise of no other, the sleeper in the garden
in its own arms,

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It’s true there were times when it was too much
and I slipped off in the first light or its last hour
and drove up through the crooked way of the valley

and swam out to those ruins on an island.
Blackbirds were the only music in the spruces,
and the stars, as they faded out, offered