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Robert Browning meets Randall Jarrell meets Ai in Joseph Fasano's explosive narrative of a man's psychosis. It is not only excellently crafted, but there is not a moment to lose interest in its urgency as it barrels on to its disastrous end. Vincent is a must-read. --Noelle Kocot, author of Soul in Space
What does it mean to enter into and imagine the darkest corners of the human psyche? In Vincent, Joseph Fasano not only puts on the mask of depravity, he imagines the speech acts and interior monologues of a killer, as though that killer had the associative diligence and skill of a poet. The result is an unnerving book that challenges the reader's assumptions about the role of beauty in poetry. Vincent is a chilling, memorable accomplishment. --Mark Wunderlich, author of The Earth Avails
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1930781172
- Paperback : 88 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1930781177
- Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : Cider Press Review (June 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,884,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An epigraph reminds us that nearly 10 years ago a disturbed person committed a shocking act on a bus deep in the Canadian steppe. The plain, italicized prose from the news report is in some ways some of the most potent poetry in the book—like a single-note motif at the beginning of a great symphony. It provides the material for a whirring brilliance that will engulf the next few hours of the reader's conscious life.
The book's other important piece of writing that isn't explicitly poetry, a legal disclaimer, tells us that this is a work of fiction "based very loosely on an actual event." This isn't a book about Vince Li, the mentally ill person who did the unthinkable thing. It is a book about Vincent—a name that is a gerund—a constantly happening, inexhaustible voice that underscores the beauties and tragedies of our evicted and alienated lives.
Of course, the bus is still there, rolling to a halt on the prairie road in the narrator's memory, but what is truly remarkable is the transformation Vincent (the book and the character) achieves of this event, these persons—from the blood and the marrow of the thing into the pure-and-yet-hopelessly-muddy experience of examining ourselves, our language, and the lightning that flashes now and then between those two worlds. Fasano's poetry overflows with wit, sadness, the seduction and disappointment of rhythm, and the author's extraordinary gift for metaphor that tells perfectly but does not presume to explain. In 75 pages of careening, careful, beautiful verse, unencumbered by trendiness and breathtakingly sincere, his Vincent tells us a story in moments and figures. No excerpt can do it justice: Like the best streams of consciousness, every line somehow improves the last one and is haunted by it. In the end, it is a story that touches all of us but which all of us fail to grasp most of the time.
This is a thrilling, challenging, exasperatingly lovely book. You simply can't miss it.
This is the third volume of Joseph Fasano's poetry that I have had the pleasure of enjoying. I've found this work to be his most captivating and groundbreaking. Indeed, this is perhaps the most thought-provoking long-form poem published in this century that I have come across.
Born from a senseless act of human brutality, "Vincent" echoes this dismemberment in a schizoid layout and structure. Fasano brilliantly reminds us of the power of poetry as a physical object. On their own, so many of the verses are worthy of deep wondering and enjoyment. Let the reader be warned that many of these fragments have indeed caused me to lose sleep.
Like a primordial chaos, each piece of madness, sorrow, and beauty somehow bind together like sacred verse. In doing so, Fasano defies the mindlessness of a brutal crime with a work of art that restores humanity to the darkest areas of the soul.