Bronxville High School English teacher Franco D’Alessandro has published a poetry book, “Everything Is Something Else,” a collection of new, unpublished and previously published poems over the last 30 years.
The book is divided into three main sections that explore key aspects of D’Alessandro’s identity as an Irish American, Italian American and a gay American. Through his poetry, he pays tribute to a variety of influences and forces in his life, as well as poets he admires. D’Alessandro, who started writing poetry as a high school student after being encouraged by a teacher, has been able to share his passion for poetry with his students.
“I love teaching poetry to students,” said D’Alessandro, who recently explored Toni Morrison’s “Eve Remembering” in class. “Several students wrote to me afterwards to share that the lesson opened their eyes and their minds to the infinite possibilities poetry offers our hearts and minds.”
D’Alessandro, who is also an accomplished playwright, said he finds playing with language and stream of consciousness to be freeing and meditative.
“I write to know I am alive and to feel connected,” he said. “I teach because I like connecting with people, particularly high school students because it was in high school that I really became who I am today. My poetry seeks that connection, too. All I hope for, when writing a poem, is to make a connection with the reader.”
D’Alessandro’s poetry has been published in various American and international literary journals. In addition, he has had 22 international, Off-Broadway and regional productions of his work and has been published or produced in eight languages in more than 11 countries. His Off-Broadway hit play “Roman Nights,” which explores the tumultuous lives of stage and screen legends Anna Magnani and Tennessee Williams, will soon be made into a feature film.
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