towers-of-agingReview by Mark Spano

Joseph Amato says in the preface of his new book that he has had “a life-long preoccupation with passing time and annihilating death.” Such preoccupations seem to this reader the requisite gifts for a poet. In his most recent collection of poems, Towers of Aging, each of Amato’s poems make up many individual arcs that contribute to a whole circle of living and dying. This may sound dismal or overly ponderous, but Amato’s poems are not saturated in dread and complexity. He finds fullness and beauty in the commonplace events of living a lasting life. In the poem We Dance On, the poet never deceives himself or his reader that the long life lasts forever or that there are no tolls to be paid for longevity…

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