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Joseph Fasano

And now that you have nothing left

but nothing,

walk out

through the rubble of your country

and look up

through the gnarled heart

of the garden,

the moon of youth

like burnt nests

in your branches,

the farthest stars

like antlers

in the snow.

Listen to them,

the dark flocks

in their drifting.

And that one thing

you must have known

in the beginning,

when you lay down

in the burning of your first world,

with your own hands

that had hurt you

into burning,

and you felt it, then,

that strange song

moving through you,

luminous and ruinous

and moving,

and you knew

that it was no one’s, wholly

no one’s,

and you knew

that wherever it was going,

it would cast you out to where you had to go.

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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