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.
The poems in this book are selected from a year’s worth of work in writing lyric and narrative poems, songs, prose poems, hybrid haibun, short and long-lined haiku. There are five sections, discrete sets of concerns working together toward an overall envisioning. An intuitive reader will know how the poems work with and off one another, set –to-set. It is one work, whole, a year within it, but not in terms of its chronology. Every part, each poem, refers in some measure, to every other part. As Jean-Luc Godard said of his medium, “A film consists of a beginning, a middle and an end, though not necessarily in that order.”
“ALREADY LONG AGO is a fine work by a master poet who has dedicated his life to delving into the alchemy of poetry.” — Stuart Bartow
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