Porous Borders

David Giannini


ISBN 978-1-944682-44-6      $12.00       72 pages

In his latest collection, David Giannini works the “porous borders” between poetry and prose, tragedy and whimsy, gravity and absurdity, to offer up a grab bag of playful, thought-provoking pleasures that are “something more than real” but rather “meta-real, hyper-real, surreal, irreal,” as befits a world in which “the real thing . . . is always at least partly a drafty, shifty, get-my-drift, daffy alembic grab-bag, wifty and makeshift.” Not so these verbal gems, whose fancy and fantasy enriches their resonance in an alchemy akin to “light tr[ying] to shed from a dark place to golden itself” or those answers “behind every door . . . eavesdrop[ping] on the deft noise of questions” which we hadn’t realized were troubling us, until encountering this unique and delightful book.

      Susan Lewis, editor of Posit, author of Heisenberg’s Salon


In these vertical prose poems, Porous (more Stevens’s Crispin than Berryman’s Henry) takes us through condensed narratives to grand myth and philosophy. Correspondence here leads to contradiction: “each is a shutter of the other.” And along the way devilish angels offer “another place, also of poetry, a place of lyric dissociation, a locus” on the page—these “micro-monoliths” swirl with macro-spin.

      Dennis Barone

David Giannini’s most recently published collections of poetry include Faces Somewhere Wild (Dos Madres Press,) Span Of Thread (Cervena Barva Press,) Az Two (Adastra Press,) a “Featured Book” in the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival;  and Rim/Wave (Quale Press.) 14 of his chapbooks were published 2013-17 including Inverse Mirror, a collaboration with artist, Judith Koppel. His work appears in national and international literary magazines and anthologies. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015.  Awards include:  Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Awards; The Osa and Lee Mays Award For Poetry; an award for prosepoetry from the University of Florida; and a 2009 Finalist Award from the Naugatuck Review. He has been a gravedigger; beekeeper; taught at Williams College, The University of Massachusetts, and Berkshire Community College, as well as preschoolers and high school students, among others. Giannini was the Lead Rehabilitation Counselor for Compass Center, which he co-founded as the first rehabilitation clubhouse for severely and chronically mentally ill adults in the northwest corner of Connecticut. www.davidgiannini.com