John Stanizzi

ANTHONY – a continuum


Backyard football.  You and me. Both The Giants.  Me – Katcavage, Huff.  You – Conerly, Gifford. We pounded each other.
Watched the Giants win the Super Bowl.
You got cancer.
Funeral home.  Before it opened. You in a suit.
I looked you in the eyes.
Said, What the fuck you doin’?
                       -a triptych
Mikalah        Nick
always          remember
loving           the
sunshine       blessings
and               the
birds             singing
Mikalah        remember
Nick             weeping
loving           inexpressibly
the                mountains
grass             reaching          
endlessly      the sun
brilliant         flowers
spirits            joyous
larger            symbols
than              emotions
words           and
Braelynne     luminous
little              life
reminder       that
love              blossoms
bringing        smiles
sweet            innocence
angelic          laughter


John L. Stanizzi is the  author of 6 collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, and High Tide – Ebb Tide.  Published widely, he’s had poems in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, and many others.  He’s been translated into Italian and appeared in El Ghibli, in the Journal of Italian Translations Bonafinni, and Poetarium Silva.  New work will be out this year in  L’Ombra delle Parole.  His translator is Angela D’Ambra.  His new collection, CHANTS, will be out in 2018 with Cervena Barva Press.  John has read at venues all over New England. A former New England Poet of the Year, John teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT, and he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.