Today's poem is "Halloween"
from Waiting for the Dead to Speak

NYQ Books

Brian Fanelli is the author of two previous books of poems, the chapbook, Front Man (Big Table Publishing), and the full-length collection, All That Remains (Unbound Content). His poetry, essays, and book reviews have been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, The Paterson Literary Review, Main Street Rag, San Pedro River Review, [PANK], Kentucky Review, LABOR, Poets' Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry has also been nominated for the Working Class Studies Association's Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award. He has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University. He is a professor of English at Lackawanna College.

Books by Brian Fanelli:

Other poems on the web by Brian Fanelli:
"Raking Leaves"
"Adjunct Blues"
"What I Imagine My Parents Did After Dinner"

Brian Fanelli's Website.

About Waiting for the Dead to Speak:

"In this strong, wide-ranging collection, Brian Fanelli is driven by both his passion for his subjects and his empathy for the downtrodden. He writes with the clear-eyed view of a survivor—whether writing about the tough world he grew up in or the grim political landscape of pointless wars and injustices, whether writing about the difficult living of an adjunct teacher or personal love, and loss. These poems accumulate in emotional impact, one on top of the other, and together they pack quite a wallop."
—Jim Daniels

"Brian Fanelli in his book, Waiting for The Dead to Speak, gives us the gift of vibrant, muscular, carefully crafted poems rooted in working-class rural Pennsylvania. These are coming-of-age poems, protest poems, poems of loss and grief. They follow a young man's attempts to make sense of his experiences and relationships with lovers and parents and to say the unsayable. Sprinkled with references to popular culture and music, to a world divided by war and economic instability, this book is important for the truth it tells about life in contemporary America and for its bravery."
—Maria Mazziotti Gillan

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