Mayhap by David Giannini


Some of the ancient poets came to believe life is poetry, and therefore daily, moment with moment, notes of birds and notes becoming poems. Cid Corman, with whom I corresponded for decades, often said, “Catch the poem as it is occurring.” In that spirit, I offer the brief, fugitive pieces in this book as more or less an anthology with one author. —David Giannini


  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 90
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: July, 2019
  • ISBN: 978-1-948017-51-0


There is a singular pleasure in very short poems.  David Giannini’s reach in many directions: sharp observation, laughter, love, grief, irony, bitterness, wonderment. Reading these poems I kept wondering if there are some themes so wide that only a very short poem can handle them.You want a poem on love? How about death? Maybe the weather, autumn leaves, an owl, a coyote, chestnuts, a breakfast spoon, a parent’s casket? Poems like these fit snugly into the real world. At the same time, they are sinewy objects that concentrate all of the poet’s “powers.” I guess that means this book is a medicine bundle. —Andrew Schelling


10. Somehow, The Impossible. . .
To Ed Baker in an email, and now in memoriam

To meet the maze in
the Minotaur and not

the other way ‘round, Ed,
is poetry—step up

and step to—collapse
stone walls and

breathe through
your horns!


David GianniniDavid Giannini’s most recently published collections of poetry include FACES SOMEWHERE WILD, THE FUTURE ONLY RATTLES WHEN YOU PICK IT UP, and IN A MOMENT WE MAY BE STRANGELY BLENDED, all published by Dos Madres Press in 2017, 2018 and 2019; POROUS BORDERS published by Spuyten Duyvil Press in 2019; SPAN OF THREAD (Cervena Barva Press, 2015) and AZ TWO (Adastra Press,) a “Featured Book” in the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. His work appears in national and international literary magazines and anthologies, including New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian-American Poetry. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. New Feral Press published15 of his chapbooks between 2011-18 including TRAVELING CLUSTER, and INVERSE MIRROR, a collaboration with artist, Judith Koppel. 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.

Additional information

Weight 4.1 oz
Dimensions 6 × 6 × .25 in