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Thinking Makes It So: And here's to you, Joe Fazio

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By Kelly LeVan

Thank you for your comments! Last week’s “Thinking Makes It So” discussed the sparkling miasma of mystery surrounding one Joe Fazio, who remains at the top of Poemhunter.com’s “Top 500 Poets,” well above Dylan Thomas, John Keats, William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost, and a full 46 poets ahead of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the elegant sonneteer.One nonplussed reader, whom I’ll refer to as Anthony, said he found it peculiar that Fazio’s name only tops the “complete list” of the Top 500. The abbreviated list on the site’s homepage begins with none other than Pablo Neruda.He also agreed with my one-word interpretation of Fazio’s writing as “earnest.”“Not an iota of metaphor or allusion to speak of,” Anthony wrote in an e-mail. “Just pure, straight and true remarks. It’s as if some unlearned but heartfelt speech coming from Joe Q.