Each of the eight sections of David Giannini’s THE DAWN OF NOTHING IMPORTANT contains mostly short poems and prose poems embodying aspects of Time and Duration anchored in the physical, and most often the natural, world. The book is, in its way, time-obsessed, sometimes with poems of death and comedy mixing together, and always with wonder. Some of the poems have a curious irreality about them, along with spiritual and metaphysical components. They tend to ‘sing’ as the poems unfold or seem to grow organically on the pages, creating an overall envisioning of people and things in, and even beyond, Time. As Giannini says in these lines from one of the last poems in the book: “I establish myself through failure every poem in its meaning shatters against the stars.”
David Giannini's most recent full-length collections of poetry include IN A MOMENT WE MAY BE STRANGELY BLENDED (2019); MAYHAP (2019); THE FUTURE ONLY RATTLES WHEN YOU PICK IT UP (2018) (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award;) and FACES SOMEWHERE WILD (2017), (all published by Dos Madres Press) and Porous Borders (prosepoems published by Spuyten Duyvil Press in 2017.) He received Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Awards; The Osa and Lee Mays Award For Poetry; an award for prosepoetry from the University of Florida; a Finalist Award from the Naugatuck Review, and a Finalist Award for the James Hearst Poetry Prize of The North American Poetry Review in 2021. He also published three chapbooks during the first year of Covid: Viral Packet (Covid-related poems;) Semblance Vagrant (prosepoems;) and 10 Chapters from the Dawn, each published by New Feral Press in 2020-21. He has been a gravedigger; beekeeper; taught at Williams College, The University of Massachusetts, and Berkshire Community College, and he taught 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.
Author City: BECKET, MA USA