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Waiting for the Dead to Speak

Published by NYQ Books in New York, NY .

About the Book

Waiting for the Dead to Speak merges the personal with the political. In this, his second full-length book of poems, Fanelli artfully recounts coming-of-age narratives that recall the poet’s encounter with schoolyard bullies while also addressing post-9/11 America, global terrorism, Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, and widening economic inequality. The poems in this book beg for a protest movement or some leader to rise up and address the unraveling American dream and unfettered capitalism. Fanelli also references 1970s punk rock pioneers like The Clash and applies the band's four-chord tracks to current injustices. Other cultural references include Bruce Springsteen, James Dean, The X-Files, and horror movies, often to draw a connection between the poet and his industrial northeastern Pennsylvania hometown or the connection between the poet and his father. Often, the references serve as a way to show that despite differences, there are always some commonalities and shared interests between father and son. At the heart of the book is a questioning of what remains once loved ones depart or relationships dissolve, in particular ways in which past relationships impact the present.

The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Number of pages 104
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 x inches

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25932194M
ISBN 13 978-1-63045-025-0
LC Control Number 2016931047

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July 10, 2016 Edited by Raymond P. Hammond Added new cover
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