Calendarium & Other Poems
About the Book
“Calendarium’s poems revel in juxtaposing seasonal images that are at once accessible and transformational. What may appear on first glance as traditional images of the seasons take us, on careful reading, to a deeper apprehension of time itself and its impermanence. New Year’s resolutions of January; February’s groundhog; the lions and lambs of March; pretty maids of April, May, and June; September’s school bus; pumpkins; scarecrows; and old Saint Nick himself lead us on a merry chase through a calendar that becomes much more than a scaffolding of days and weeks and months. In these short poems, time becomes animated by sly jokes, unexpected twists and turns of irony, and echoes of the great masters whom Dorazio admires. One can hear Emily Dickinson’s slant truths, Wallace Stevens’s blur of imagery, and Kay Ryan’s compression. “Finally, the poems of the second half of the book show no letup of intensity, mystery, and antic joy. They are crammed with synesthesia and contradiction in which every bright image has its reflection and its shadow. There’s an empty Quaker chair where ghosts await the second coming, the mystery of a whisper in a long-dead father’s brain, and God himself bungling creation in a confusion of man and housefly. These are truly extraordinary poems that take us to extraordinary places, igniting the imagination along the way” (Bill Van Buskirk, poet and author of This Wild Joy That Thrills Outside the Law).
About the Author
Joseph Dorazio is a prize-winning poet whose poems have appeared widely in print and online, including The Worcester Review, The Southampton Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Yellow Chair Review, and elsewhere. The author of four previous volumes of poetry, Dorazio's poems have been anthologized and set to music. A Pennsylvania native, Joseph Dorazio enjoys the unique history and character of the region, which often serves as inspiration and backdrop for his poems.