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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Provocative and profound, Rich Marcello's poems are compact but expansive, filled with music as seductive as their ideas, and focused mostly on how to be a good man. This is a collection of deep passion and wisdom for fathers, husbands, and sons, but also for mothers, wives, and daughters, many who began with a longing for the things they were taught to desire by their for ...more
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Published August 12th 2019 by Langdon Street Press
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Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hark thee, oh weary traveller, scrolling down the posts, listen with your heart what the words say to you

Take a moment, savor them, laugh with joy, the beauty that understanding the words bestow on you…

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Such is the ethereal quality of Rich Marcello’s words in his book The Long Body That Connects Us All. In this vast literary world, there are some words which add meaning to life, some which explain the meaning of life. But rarely are there words which just breathe in life. Rich Marcello’s
R.W. Patterson
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first experience with Rich Marcello, and I'm looking forward to reading more by this poet and author. I've loved poetry since I was a child, and finding The Long Body That Connects Us All is a lovely free-fall into a timeless reflection upon relationships that influence and ultimately shape us.

While there are so many poems I love in this collection, "When Blood Thickens," is one of my favorites. The first line, "Loss has its own light," is particularly poignant and resonates within m
Tee Wai
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A collection of heartfelt poetry for every poetry lover to savour.

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Semina Pekmezović
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
“The long body that connects us all” is a poetry collection composed of fifty-three poems and divided into three parts. It’s written by Rich Marcello who is an accomplished musician and songwriter, a creative writing teacher, a poet and an artist to his core. He already had three books published, two romance novels and a novel about grief and loss.

The poems found in this collection are often encompassed by the same theme of love and the human experience of what it means to be a man. There is so
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rich Marcello will make you fall in love with literature again...

If you are one who prefers to experience life and savor its moments, sacred, painful, and true, you will find several of your own favorites in this collection that you will return to for sustenance, for pleasure, and for wisdom, and you will never be disappointed. This is poetry for people who like their hair to stand on end and for people who didn't like poetry in high school. It touches you wherever you are in your own particular
Mary Fortier
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Men, Women, Everyone
The Long Body that Connects Us All is an exceptional collection of poetry written by a man, about life's experiences from a man's perspective. To share with his son and other men, sons and fathers. This book breaks the walls down in regards to men not feeling as deeply or opening as widely as a woman does. This is a collection to be read in full - to learn and understand from one poets perspective the pain and joy in life - of birth right, of loss, of falling in and staying in love, of being a f ...more
Sandra Fabian
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book of straight forward poems, clear in their vulnerability, a quality often obscured in male writing. The poems voice the struggle, longing and sometimes grace in a man's search for a deeper truth. ...more
Jessa Julian
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I like poetry but I don't really get the opportunity to review it as often as I would like. I was ecstatic when Marcello approached me about the possibility of reviewing The Long Body That Connects Us All. Not only did I get to read a book of poetry (YAY) but by a gentleman who really knows how to make words sing (DOUBLE YAY!).

My favorite part of Marcello's poetry was the way that each one resonated. Yes, the meanings resonated with me and th
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rich Marcello’s exceptional new collection of poetry, The Long Body That Connects Us All, is about men- sons, fathers, husbands, lovers- working hard to be, well, better men. I read it over the weekend as women protested across the country, as the #metoo movement accelerated to new highs, and I couldn’t help but think about how much better the world would be if filled with men like the ones in these poems. Honestly, I think women will fully resonate with The Long Body That Connects Us All and th ...more
Joyce Derenas
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rich Marcello has bundled a refreshing collection of poetry in his new book, “The Long Body That Connects Us All.” His lines are hopeful and at the same time, vulnerable. He speaks of times both poignant and full of forgiveness. My favorite, and I’m sure you have a favorite too, is Fleck.
This collection reminds us that we are all part of a greater whole, and that seeking our connections is what life is all about. I love this newly released book, “The Long Body That Connects Us All.”
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book for free through a GoodReads giveaway.

Rich Marcello’s The Long Body That Connects Us is a touching collection of poems exploring the relationship of a man caught in thought between two generation: he is a father who desires to lead his sons on the correct path, but he is held back by memories of his father and grandfathers’ failed attempts to lead him when he did not desire it. In this line of thinking, however, he also reflects upon fond memories of those who came before hi
Stephanie H.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Rich Marcello’s The Beauty of the Fall, and I was not disappointed by his poetry in The Long Body That Connects Us All. His poetic voice rings as beautifully here as it does in his prose, and his messages are timeless. I would even argue that they have no bounds regarding who will connect with them, despite the fact that the writing is clearly directed at men.

While these poems are mainly about how to be a good man, I think they have many more layers of themes to them: love, guilt, regret
Jim Bennett
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ll give my star count boilerplate later. Let’s get to the good stuff: Marcello’s work.
For a strange experience about loss and recovery, turn to A Piece of Bark. You are ambushed by the very first poem.
In The Erie Lackawanna we find this: “His shoes are too big again.”
The generation gap is explored carefully in Porchwork. “I know you love me. /I know I’ve somehow taken /a step toward you”
To be blown away, turn to Labor Day Pastoral, which ends thus: “Who would have thought restoration /was poss
The Book Girl
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
review to come.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Take time to savor these poems.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
Sarah G
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book under 100 pages. This book is split into 3 parts with around 16 poems per section. So you can dip in and out when the need strikes or plow through in one go.

I find it kind of calming to read some forms of poetry. Letting your mind flow in different directions as you make your own interpretations of what you think they could mean.

There were lots of poems to choose from but here are a few of my favorites from each section of the bo
G.L. Morrison
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first taste of Marcello's work. It's wet my appetite for more. This poetry collection straddles a line between the personal and the universal. It inhabits the line. Not like a tightrope walker suspended above a dangerous truth. Closer to the ground, like the blue line he describes as cold river water intersecting his legs the moment before he commits totally and dives into the water. These are poems that invite you to follow, to dive in and swim underneath "seven generations of fathe ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I find this book interesting in many ways: the themes it is written about, how the themes appears and reappears and how the poems are written. The poems are written in various ways which create dynamics and make them interesting. The book is really coherent and I think it is a fine collection of poems.

Some of the poems seems to be directed to boys and men specifically, but I think that everyone can read them. The author capture some of the essence of what it is to be human, but also about doing
Harlyn Bryan
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Long Body That Connects Us All by poet Rich Marcello is an experience. It is an absolutely beautiful collection of works that flow beautifully together in its three parts. Marcello paints vivid pictures and tones creating imagery that you become engaged in so quickly that you feel part of the glimpses of memory.

I felt such a calm and deep connection while reading every page. This was definitely an instance in which I felt that this was truly something that I needed to read, I needed to reta
Shawna Alpdemir
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Received this book of poetry as a gift, and I found it easy to read and relate to. I felt like they collection fell into my hands at the perfect time, and I'm excited to share the messages with people I know will appreciate them. The poems are mostly about the journey to becoming a better man. My favorite poems - Existential Bullets, Erie Lackawanna, Porchwork, Daughters & Sons, Ocean in Spring, Belong to Noone, How to Be a Good Man, We Who Come From Loss. It's a short collection, but one you'll ...more
Lindsey Thomas
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This striking collection of poems encompasses a man's perspective on all aspects of life. As a whole, the collection feels very personal, and what I really liked about The Long Body the Connects Us All is that the target audience seems to be men in all walks of life; it seems to say that it's okay to be a man and have feelings. This is an important message, and while it may not be apparent in each poem individually, as a collection, it shines through. ...more
Amy Buckle / Amy's Bookshelf
This is the second poetry collection I have reviewed on Amy’s Bookshelf. I really enjoyed the last one so I was excited to pick up The Long Body That Connects Us All. As I’ve said before, I am definitely no expert on... read the full review here: ...more
Fatima Carvalho
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this collection of poetry intensely captivating. I admire Rich Marcelos’ style, the structure elements of his poetry. I was genuinely absorbed and engaged with each piece. This work has substance, it is resilient; worthy of being read. I enjoy non traditional contemporary poetry.
Bridgett Brown
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I really enjoyed reading this book of poems. It short like maybe 60 pages. It's broke up into 3 sections. Total of 53 poems. ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, poetry
I'm not much of a poetry reader, but every now and then, I'll delve into it. Rich Marcello's collection, The Long Body That Connects Us All, focuses on fathers, sons, family connections, memory, and relationships. I liked the format (all of the poems are short, no more than a page long) and the language used (very straightforward). Not many poems really stood out to me, but I'll mention three that did: "Porchwork," early on in the book, is a recollection of working on the porch as a 9-year-old b ...more
Erik McManus
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
As far as poetry goes, this one was pretty good. It had a lot of nature in it but also played on family, relationships, and hardships. As I was reading, I found that a lot of the passages had me reflecting on my interactions in the past with those I had loved and lost. It warmed my heart to read things like this and as I have probably said before, the beauty of poetry is that everyone can take a different meaning away from it. It works on a personal level and is interpreted in different context ...more
Anthony Fontana
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In each and every poem of The Long Body That Connects Us All, Marcello does an incredible job of painting a vivid picture in his readers' minds. They all sum up to portray what he believes is a good man. It is a wonderful read for those who, like myself, are working to be the best man, and ultimately, the best human being, that they can be.

I am new to poetry, but Marcello has created a new fan. Give it a read!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The language of this poetry did not strike me as particularly rich or lyrical. The thoughts/emotions expressed did not resonate with me. Undoubtedly, some readers will find the reflections on father/son relationships unusual and enlightening.
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Rich is the author of five novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, The Beauty of the Fall, The Latecomers, and Cenotaphs, and the poetry collection, The Long Body That Connects Us All. He also teaches creative writing at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 c ...more

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