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Sphere by John L. Stanizzi

28 Apr 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Guilherme Bergamini


The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances.

                                                            -Thelonious Monk



this discord is alien

a dervish whirling and salient


If somebody else did that they’d lock him up

it would be abrupt

you crazy motherfucker yo time is up




Charlie paints the stepladder of major scales dark blue

and asks Monk as he is dying

if there is anything he could do


help me with my coat

polish my lens-less glasses

give me chicken liver and mashed potatoes

allow me to adjust my pinkie ring

and sweat on the keyboard

before I close inward and forget my own son




he smiles at you while eating an apple in an airport


Nellie counts the money with one eye on him


the baroness makes him giddy


these women are not rivals

one feeds him

one lets him go free

they both love him


the sax solo is a soft shoe sphere





pope names

actor names

president names

the shock of fame

of elbowing the high notes

I’m famous?

ain’t that a bitch




let’s all take turns looking

at each other before we vanish

into wordless chapters

in a wordless novel

about a countess who stared

at a wordless bird




one day

looking across the Hudson

he just



he was not rescued at the top

just called it quits

didn’t feel like it anymore


handless arms

and the largeness

of forgotten ideas


as valid a reason as any

to bend jazz into absolute silence

where what you don’t play

is louder than what you do


and the piano in the room

was the elephant in the room

About the author:

John L. Stanizzi’s books are Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall After the Bell, and Hallalujah Time!, and High Tide-Ebb Tide. His latest collection, a memoir in sonnets called Chants, will be out in 2018 with Cervena Barva Press. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Rattle, Passages North, and many others. He teaches literature at Manchester Community College, in CT.

Art: Untitled by Guilherme Bergamini

In the artist’s words:

Guilherme Bergamini is 39 years old and was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Having graduated in journalism, Bergamini has been working with photography for 22. Through this art, Bergamini intends to express his experiences, worldview and anxieties. Passionate about photography since childhood, Guilherme is an enthusiast and curious by new contemporary possibilities that this technique allows. Persistent and critical, the art is photography as a way to political and social criticism. Awarded in national competitions and festivals, he took part in group and solo exhibitions in Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Lithuania, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, United States and India. His work has been published in several Brazilian and foreign press vehicles. He publishes part of his photographic journey on his website (www.guilhermebergamini.com).

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