I’ve been a fan of Joseph Fasano ever since I read these words from
his poem, “Mahler in New York”:
“If I carry my father with me, it is the way a horse carries autumn in its mane.”
(in Fugue for Other Hands, by Joseph Fasano, 2013)
Lightness, fullness, a warm glow, breeze that reminds us winter is on
its way. I won’t pretend to know how he came up with that image, but
I think it has to do with looking at ideas and emotions from different
points of view, not limiting ourselves to the common.
Joseph Fasano’s work is filled with unexpected ways of experiencing
the world. Carry a season – why not? Breathe a time, scribble a sorrow,
fold the past. Emotions are not only felt; we can hear a feeling, smell
a touch, taste a memory.
Does reading his work mean I’ll be able to write like Joseph Fasano?
Well, don’t count on it – although that would be nice! But I just might
learn a thing or two, will certainly be inspired, and will have enjoyed
getting acquainted with the writing of a truly talented poet. You can
visit his website at: http://josephfasano.net
What are some things we can learn from his poetry? Look at an idea
from different angles. Re-imagine all the ways it might be expressed.
And, let go of the reins long enough to see where it leads.
These tips may be geared more toward writers, but please know that
we also seek submissions from artists, including photographers.