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Joseph Fasano

This is what we have.

The hawk calling in the dark forest.

The hands of our lovers,

resting on our chests as we sleep.

And more.

The spring wind

waking us again

like all the bridles of childhood

dragged across our bodies,

still warm from the wild things that were broken in them.

The brokenness

is what we have.

That, too.

At the edge

of the road, 

the doe curls in sawgrass

where the wreckage left her.

No one is alone on this wild earth.

Let sorrow come.

Let the rain fall

on the cold doe in the open

where she crumbles in the coming rush 

of trouble.

Let the heart


what it must do, ruined

as the wintered lips of the broken


but opening,

sniffing the pistol.


Joseph Fasano is a poet, novelist, and songwriter.  His novels include The Swallows of Lunetto (forthcoming from Maudlin House, 2022) and The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing (Platypus Press, 2020), which was named one of the "20 Best Small Press Books of 2020."  His books of poetry include The Crossing (2018), Vincent (2015), Inheritance (2014), and Fugue for Other Hands (2013).  His honors include The Cider Press Review Book Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize,, inclusion in the Forward Book of Poetry, and a nomination for the Poets' Prize, "awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year."  His writing has been translated into Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, and other languages.  He serves on the Editorial Board of Alice James Books and as the Founder and Curator of the Poem for You Series.  He is currently writing a "living poem" for his son and posting it on Twitter at @stars_poem.

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