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Frank Montesonti’s “Quick Study In Unhappiness”

Montesonti reads "Best Deaths," "When You Left, I Started a Garden," and "Quick Study in Unhappiness."

"'...who was just some guy who bowled a perfect game for the first time in his life, then promptly died.'" - from the poem "Best Deaths."

“Well, while I am here I’ll do the work –
and what’s the Work?
To ease the pain of living.
Everything else, drunken
-Allen Ginsberg, from “Memory Gardens,” from The Fall of America

Frank Montesonti is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope, Winner of the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by D.A. Powell, and the book of erasure, Hope Tree (How To Prune Fruit Trees) by Black Lawrence Press.

He is also author of the chapbook, A Civic Pageant, also from Black Lawrence Press. He has been published in journals such as Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Lit, and Poems and Plays. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at National University.

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