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Revenge by Joseph Fasano

Revenge by Joseph Fasano


Associate poetry editor Amy Elisabeth Hansen on today's bonus poem: Read Joseph Fasano’s “Revenge” to watch long, elegant sentences spill into clipped lines. See each image nudged to life by white space and line breaks. Be surprised by “this one world with its iridescence / infolded.”


I was young. I’d come
           to the end of something.
Off the far point, past the ruined spruce,

the thousands of dark-winged bodies
           I’d traveled so far to bring down
as though the swift

had never been, as though they were
           the darkened heart of all
that had risen to be drifted,

flew on, caught in the greatnesses of their migration.
           What’s to be done
for it, this one world with its iridescence

infolded? What I can remember now
           is hawk-song, is
preying; is your one life will grow abundant

without you—red-
           wing, spring
winds, sparrow.

What I remember now
           is wintering, is fair.
Hungering, come back

to me, wholly, where I stood there
           in that open boat
and slumbered;

when I took aim beneath the Great Bear and the Hunter and
           the rages
came, first

fury, and then
           fire; when the flocks came down
to shame me with their

anger; when they hunched me in the madness of their passing
           and I looked down
through the mooned and mirrored waters

to see
           such mercy, see
the dark wings parting

by me, see the winged world drifts from darkness
           to the darkness but where wholeness
rends its splendor, we are there.

Joseph Fasano's most recent book is Vincent (Cider Press 2015), a book-length poem based on the murder of Tim McLean. His previous books are Fugue for Other Hands, winner of the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award and Poets' Prize nominee, and Inheritance (Cider Press 2014).  His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, FIELD, The American Literary Review, Measure, and other publications.  A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, he has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors' Prize and the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition, among other honors. He teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College.

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