Sunday, September 30, 2012

John Menesini, endo

John Menesini, in many ways a quintessentially Pittsburgh poet, may have recently moved to New York City, but his latest collection endo (Six Gallery Press, 2011) still takes in the ’Burgh in poems like “Pittsburgh Khole,” “Larryville,” and “Blue Heart.”  That said, Menesini’s work has always looked beyond, beyond what place might predominate.  Some other standouts for me include “Rebirth of Pan,” “These Broken Flowers,” and the impressionistic “PGH Winter.”  And there’s much more still, including a number of sustained longer pieces.  I won’t do a full “review” this time because I worked on the book myself (did the layout of text).  But I know what I like, and good poetry is good poetry, and endo is very good.