Fourteen Threadless Needles is a poetry collection about a lifetime of relationships, the relationship of a lifetime and the awareness that 'Something there is that doesn't love a happy ending.' More
Fourteen Threadless Needles is a poetry collection about a lifetime of relationships, the relationship of a lifetime and the awareness that 'Something there is that doesn't love a happy ending.' Poems about love, sharing, laughter, forgetting, second guesses and a poem for you:
A Poem for You — I want to write a poem for you. — Um, okay.
— Can you pose for me, sitting in this chair in the sunlight? — Why?
— I need to be able to see you clearly—to describe you perfectly.
— Should I take off my clothes? — You don't have to. It wasn't going to be. . .
— What if I want to? — If you do, I'll never get to the poem.
— That's okay isn't it? — Well, I kind of had my heart set on writing a poem.
— Can't you change your mind? Your heart? — Can I do the poem first?
— Only if it's nonabstractly unambiguous about the state of my undress.
— I don't think I have the right words with me. I left them home by accident.
— Then. Don't. Use. Words. — It's a poem. It has to have words.
— Not in my book.
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on Dec. 13, 2011 :
I discovered Vito’s poetry online by chance but connected with it immediately. Although I’m a poet myself I dislike more poetry than a like and so to find a poet who consistently produced material that make me think or sometimes just amused me is an achievement in itself. Many of Vito’s poems are slight and if you saw a single one in a magazine you might read it, nod and pass on by. The full effect isn’t realised until you’ve read a sequence of his poems as you get the chance to here. This is something that a lot of poets don’t take enough care of. They publish a book with twenty or thirty poems in it but there’s no overall theme or flavour to the collection. That is not the case here. There is a story, a progression from college through marriage and ending in old age—like a family album. The 4-star rating is not to say that this collection is not good but I think he has potential for more. I’m also a little wary of 5-star reviews especially for first collections. Seamus Heaney’s first collection deserves 5-stars and Philip Larkin’s and Walt Whitman’s. 5 stars should mean something.