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“The lines in these wise, funny, often startlingly sad poems nudge and jostle each other coltishly, and no wonder: they are the foals of Head and Heart, two mighty steeds to draw the reader’s chariot out of the well-trodden way and straight to poetry’s palace of gold, its realm of the blesséd.”—David Kirby

"Giampietro spends some quality time here interrogating his own appealingly quixotic soul. And like the best performance artists, this dissection implicates his audience, asking us to thoroughly consider what it means to be a friend, lover or parent. Giampietro constructs these questions with exceptional heart and verbal glamour. I love this book. It puts the human back in being." —Erin Belieu


About the Author

Frank Giampietro the creator of the online poetry journals, La Fovea and Poems by Heart. His poetry, short short fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in journals including 32 Poems, American Book Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Cimarron Review, CutBank, FENCE, Hayden's Ferry, Narrative, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Subtropics, and Rain Taxi. Awards for his writing include a Florida Book Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. He received his PhD in English from Florida State University in August, 2010 and was the 2010-2012 resident scholar at The Southern Review. Currently, he serves as the managing editor of Alice James Books in Farmington, Maine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Alice James Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882295706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882295708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Kara A. Candito on June 22, 2009
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Frank Giampietro's first book, Begin Anywhere, is a disturbing, playful and funny account of the poet's struggles with drugs, relationships, fatherhood and adulthood. Begin Anywhere achieves an integrity of self-discovery that is all too rare in a first book of poetry.
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I honestly do not know what more there is to say. This book contains some of the greatest poems I have ever read. Many of the poems are in reference to Frank's family but they are different than the average cliche-ridden poem, they are unique. An amazing read!
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(Full disclosure -- I have known Frank Giampietro and his work for about ten years -- I am both friend and fan.)

I adore Giampietro's debut collection -- his dark and often hilarious take on the morbidity of suburbia and what it means to be a father, a man, and a voice. A great wholly contemporary American poet emerges.
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