Frank X. Gaspar - Poet, Novelist
A Collection of Poems
"The rumble and rapture of Frank X. Gaspar's Late Rapturous is the clash of ancient faith and postmodern anxiety, one man's account of the fullest range of living. I have loved Gaspar's work since The Holyoke, so it's no small moment to say that this is his finest work— wrought and raw, barren and plush, wide–lined, full–throated—poetry driven by the most pressing incommensurates into parables of sea–salt and mountain ecstasies. He says 'it's been war my whole life,' and he means this paradox, this battle for belief, purpose, and soulful connection." —David Baker
"From his writing room near the ocean in southern California, Frank Gaspar makes an irresistible music that crosses over from the inner to the outer, from memory to the moment, from the earth to the farthest stars and back again. I've loved his work for years and it just gets better and better, and unbelievable better. Gaspar is an ecstatic, and Late Rapturous is visionary, planetary and quietly wise." —Dorianne Laux
"I'm afraid I love everything Portuguese for one of my ancient cousins four or five centuries ago came from Lisbon; but I also like Gaspar's poems because of their wandering, their long lines, and their secret messages. He has faith in the poem; he knows it will somehow happen. It's that faith I praise." —Gerald Stern
Late Rapturous, Frank X. Gaspar. (Autumn House Press) July 1, 2012 (88 pp) ISBN-13: 978-1932870602
Recent Additions to the Site:
Essay: "A Poetics of Disquietude for Gaspar’s Tales of the Soul" by Teresa Alves – Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Lisbon Center for English Studies.
Essay: "Writing the Sacred Word on the Street" by Dot Dannenberg
Written by Laura Lythgoe, Public Affairs Specialist:
Navy Vietnam Veteran and nationally renowned poet, Frank Gaspar performed a poetry reading workshop sharing his life experiences and lessons with Veterans and staff at the Charleston VAMC (Veteran's Administration Medical Center) on February 10.
Gaspar, who said growing up on Cape Cod and his military service are his muse, read excerpts from Homer and other classics to show that authors have been writing about war for generations. He also shared some of his own poetry.
During the workshop, participants were asked to write down something for which they give thanks. Gaspar’s hope was to help Veterans find healing through writing.
“You don’t write things down to forget about them. You must first put them down on paper in front of you and accept them for what they are-experiences. When you can live through them again, you can start to heal,” Gaspar said.
Gaspar’s reading was coordinated by the Poetry Society of South Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts. PSSC hopes to bring more writers to the VA in the future.
Additions to Upcoming Events
Frank's photo by David A. Lipton