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Joseph Fasano poem “Mercy” is Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week

FasanoMR2For the second time, work by CPR author Joseph Fasano is Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week for March 2.

About this poem:

There are any number of responses to trauma, but “the rage for order” is always there. During a trying experience in my own life, I began to search my mind for guides through that difficult and chaotic territory. When I thought of my father, who has navigated his share of ordeal, I expected to find the image of a figure standing in the country of my childhood, bringing the wilderness into order. Instead, I was surprised and moved to find the image of a man, deep in the privacy of his life, asking his world for another kind of mercy: that it shows him how to “let be”. The irony, of course, is that a poem’s form is always just such a stay against chaos, even when it swears it is not.

Read “Mercy” on the Missouri Review Website.

About Joseph Fasano:

Joseph Fasano’s second collection of poems, Inheritance has just been released by Cider Press Review. His first collection, Fugue for Other Handswon the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award, and his book-length poem, Vincent, based on the murder of Tim McLean, will be published in June, 2015. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Tin House, FIELD, Measure, Passages North, The Times Literary Supplement, upstreet, RATTLE, and other publications. He teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College, and he lives in the Hudson River Valley.

Joseph Fasano poem “Coda” is Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week

joseph_fasano MR PhotoCPR author Joseph Fasano’s new work, “Coda,” is Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week for March 2.

About this poem:

If “Coda” is autobiographical, it must have come from my constant rediscovery that, as Frost writes, “Earth’s the right place for love.”– Joseph Fasano

Joseph Fasano was the winner of the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award.  His books Fugue for Other Hands and Inheritance are available in the CPR book store.

Read “Coda” on the Missouri Review Website.

About Joseph Fasano:

Fasano’s first collection of poems, Fugue for Other Hands, won the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award. His second and third books, Inheritance and Vincent, are forthcoming from Cider Press. He won the 2008 RATTLE Poetry Prize, and he has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition, and the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books, among other honors. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, most recently for his poem “Vulture Watches a Starving Child.” His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Boston Review, FIELD, Tin House, Measure, Passages North, and other journals. He teaches at Manhattanville College and in both the undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs at Columbia University.