This book was added to our catalog on Thursday 28 February, 2013.
Late Morning: New and Selected Poems
by Peter Fortunato
Late Morning: New and Selected Poems surveys almost forty years of work by Peter Fortunato, beginning with selections from his earliest published collections, A Bell or a Hook and Letters to Tiohero. Themes that compel Fortunato’s work are love of nature and human love, the revelatory power of dreams, and spiritual practice rooted in Buddhism. Winner of numerous awards for his writing, including the Emily Dickinson Prize of the Poetry Society of America, and a Pablo Neruda Prize from the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Peter Fortunato is a writer, performer, ceremony maker, visual artist, and teacher. He also maintains a private counseling practice specializing in hypnosis. He lives in Ithaca, New York with his wife, the poet Mary Gilliland.
PRAISE FOR PETER FORTUNATO’S POETRY AND PERFORMANCES
If these [poems] were not by an American who depends on lengthy descriptions to place the landscape, they could be waka or haiku. Within the leanness of metaphor and thematic reference to nature, the poet and particulars vanish, leaving a general sense of place and of incomprehensible change. Not an interpreter, Fortunato merely sets down – and he is good at it.
- Booklist (American Library Association)
Fortunato’s command of language is a powerful and compelling enticement to enter his sacred world. His work abounds with mythic allusions and Jungian archetypes perfectly polished for the task at hand, which seems to be opening the door for the listener to step through into a dreamscape which is created not as much from the poet’s personal imagery as from a more universal set of signs and symbols.
- The Ithaca Journal
Prize-winning poet Peter Fortunato, Senior Lecturer at the Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar, amazed poetry lovers with an impressive reading of his poems. . . . The diversity of Fortunato’s topics wowed people in attendance as he talked about science and philosophy, love and death, post-modernism, childhood. . . .
- The Peninsula (Doha, Qatar)