The cover for Joseph Fasano’s Fugue for Other Hands is through production, which means that the book is on track to debut January, 2013.
Preorder your copy today from the Cider Press Review bookstore.
Advance readers have nothing but praises for the book:
“I have seen these poems coming for some time, but it is only now, when they are ample within my grasp, dark to my eyes and dolorous to my hearing—feast and leave not plenty is the poet’s desperate gospel—that I have learned their active nature, how they attend in the reading: it is country-living and country-perishing that is consecrated here, where Joseph Fasano traverses each threshold the way a child touches everything, with the hand of his murderer. These hinterland poems are singularly lovely, but it is in their multifold gathering that they score, that they gain their ultimate musical identity, a symphony of release the poet calls it, like Wagner and Mahler, preternaturally rich.”
— Richard Howard
“Audacious, moody, surreal but never silly, wise but never pithy or pontificating, Fugue for Other Hands is like a skull-sized mushroom that appears in the forest after a rainstorm—it is a logical product of the forest, and of the storm, and of time itself, but we still gasp when we behold it, and we are humbled to have it entrusted to us.”
— Timothy Donnelly
“Somewhat indescribable, as original things often are, the poems of Joseph Fasano feel hunted, gathered, built like fires, brewed like storms. Elemental and feral, Fugue for Other Hands is full of disturbing deeds and haunted rituals. At once mythic and specific, these poems are blood-stained, grief-scarred, providing their solace only from their commitment to art’s depths. “Say you were the wild gift,” one poem states; Fasano has such a gift, and therefore with his bare hands and torn heart makes poems worth living in.”
— Jeanne Marie Beaumont