In Praise of October

Happy October! So begins the 31 days of my favorite month. I like to make an argument that October is one of the best months of the year, at least if you live in the tri-state area in the U.S. The temperature has yet to sink low enough to crank on the heat. There is a crispness, sure, especially in the mornings, but you can still have sunny 70-degree days. Summer flowers still have a little life left in them, at least for the first half of the month. Wilted summer flowers are then replaced by mums, which are just as gorgeous and can withstand the first few frosts, sometimes surviving until Thanksgiving. Then, of course, there is the brilliant foliage, which is at its peak this month. Lastly, it is the one time of year when people don’t mind indulging my love of horror movies, and increasingly, I see posts on social media for horror movie recommendations.

Soon, I am going to make a list: my top horror movie recommendations on Netflix and Amazon Prime (which has far more options). I’ll try to include some indies mixed with canon.

For now, here is a poem in celebration of autumn, “An Autumn Prayer.” Thanks to The West Texas Literary Review for publishing this.


About Brian Fanelli

I'm a poet, teacher, music junkie and much more. My first chapbook of poems, Front Man, was published in 2010 by Big Table Publishing. My full-length book of poems, All That Remains, was published in 2013 by Unbound Content. My latest book, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, was published in the fall of 2016 by NYQ Books. My work has also been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Harpur Palate, Boston Literary Magazine, Kentucky Review, Verse Daily, Spillway, Portland Review, and several other publications. My poetry has also been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor. Currently, I teach English full-time at Lackawanna College.
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