A Civic Pageant

Montesonti Cover

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting orders for A Civic Pageant, winner of the Spring, 2007 Black River Chapbook Competition by Frank Montesonti. Books will ship next week! You can order a copy here.

Advance Praise

Frank Montesonti’s poems deconstruct a narrative of longing for grandeur in the ordinary. They are in constant motion, like “small blue tornadoes in [his] eyes,” and gaining momentum always. If there were an easy way, Frank “has the legal right to shoot it and ask questions later. – James Meetze, author of I Have Designed This For You

Montesonti’s pageant is more living diorama than contest—it’s a winter
Midwest cityscape of blackouts and drunk dreaming. So, it is a pageant actually—but in place of pomp and heroics, Montensonti’s threaded that contradictory portent: a yearning to disappear from your hometown only to be lifted over it, reviewing what’s really there and now no longer your own. Funny, sad, and then funnily sad again and again. – Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Ph.D, author of Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk

Reading Frank Montesonti’s poems is like finding a human heart in a
gleaming grocery aisle. He discovers difficult glory in the most
plastic of places; he blasts apart the overlooked, everyday
architecture protecting our most precious things. In one stanza, his startling declarations warn us against the sweet, slippery danger of dreams, but in the next he’s built us a beautiful, giant dream machine. -Sommer Browning, author of Vale Tudo

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