Fugue for Other Hands by Joseph Fasano

Winner of the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award, but I'm sorely behind in my reading.  Some of my favorite passages are excerpted below.  It's a stark and dreamy text. Buy here.

 

From "Mahler in New York"

If I carry my father with me, it is the way / a horse carries autumn in his mane. // If I remember my brother, / it is as if a buck had knelt down / in a room I was in . . .

 

From "Confession"

In Dutchess County, everyone who is dead / goes down to the river / to plead his case. / I know this.