Tuesday Tips: What Can We Learn from Joseph Fasano's Poetry?

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.


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