The poem “SORATUTTO/VORFREUDE“* has been selected as the, July 30, 2018, winner of the Poem of the Week Contest with Silver Needle Press. Thanks and gratitude to editor Olivia Pridemore. (poet’s voice)
*Sopratutto means more than anything in Italian, and Vorfreude is a German word without English equivalent meaning the pleasure in imaging future pleasures.
For some mysterious reason, there is hardly anything that quickly sets my gears of poetic semblance into motion like the basalt road scrolling out under the determination of a bus or the glinty parallel lines of rail and tie dotted by the toot toot toot at level crossing.
One of my first significant publications was a poem I wrote sitting in the upper level of a double-decker Megabus heading from Toronto to Montréal.
Under similar unction, “Connections” manifests as a sort of lullaby, woven with sights and meditations, wrought from train travel as well as sitting at the altar of late summer surf.
This poem first appeared, in print, in Banshee, issue #5 (Autumn/Winter 2017), available here.
I found the bar where we met Leonardo in Italy. I wanted to spell it correctly in my work. It is a great flaw of my personality, as an artist, that I feel like I’m lying if I take liberties with actual places. I do let the facts get in the way of a good story—not a strength as a fiction writer or poet, and I have to work to overcome that tendency.