I'm Never Fine: Scenes and Spasms on Loss

I'm Never Fine: Scenes and Spasms on Loss

by Joseph Lezza
I'm Never Fine: Scenes and Spasms on Loss

I'm Never Fine: Scenes and Spasms on Loss

by Joseph Lezza


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In I'm Never Fine, a collage memoir of essays and poetry, Joseph Lezza shouts in the dark from the backseat of a stranger's car, a ditch on the Italian coast, a forest outside the arctic, and from the bottom of a shaving cream can.

When Joseph caught himself wishing necrotizing skin infections upon unhurried retirees in the self checkout lane, and fantasized about loud-talking commuters making quick friends with the underside of a steamroller, he began to wonder if he was fine.

Of all the things Joseph Lezza could have been, he certainly wasn't fine.

The "fine" he'd adopted watching his father succumb to cancer was beginning to wane. It could no longer be used as a shield to melt the face off of anyone who dared inquire. All the "fines" prophesized in every article, every book, and every inspirational meme-courtesy of every armchair expert with a pulse and internet connection-had lost their value.

When Joseph realized he was facing a future that would find him standing over the carcass of an overzealous Costco greeter, one thing became clear: moving on required looking back.

This memoir is an autopsy of perceived missteps, a conclusion to unfinished conversations, and a reframing of flawed judgments through the eyes of a young man in search of a feeling. Search for that feeling with Joseph Lezza in I'm Never Fine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9786185728007
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Publication date: 02/14/2023
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 876,880
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Joseph Lezza is a writer in New York, NY. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his MFA from The University of Texas at El Paso. Between degrees, he spent several years as a character in one of the longest running stories ever told, skippering the rivers of the Jungle Cruise or off-roading truckloads of tourists across the most realistic African savannahs $170-a-day could buy. His work in television has been seen on such networks as VH1, Lifetime and NBC. His writing has been featured in, among others, Santa Fe Writers Project, West Trade Review, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Still: The Journal and his essay for The Hopper was a 2020 nominee for the Best of the Net anthology. When he's not writing, he spends his time worrying about why he's not writing. Visit Joseph at josephlezza.com. You can also find him on the socials @lezzdoothis.
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