John Leonard Stanizzi, a former Wesleyan University Etherington Scholar, has been a poet in residence at Manchester Community College and in the Middletown Public School system. In 1998 he was named New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English, which featured him in Scattered Leaves: A Collection of Celebrated Poets of the Year 2000. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has been widely anthologized, and has had work in journals such as Blue Unicorn, The Connecticut River Review, Embers, The MacGuffin, Poet Lore, Poets On, The Red Fox Review, Soundings East, and Stone Country. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Manchester Community College and teaches English at Bacon Academy in Colchester, Connecticut, where he also directs the theater program. He and his wife, Carol, live in Coventry, Connecticut.
Click here to read three sample poems. And to hear Garrison Keillor read two of John's poems on The Writers Almanac, go to http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2008/12/17and http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2008/12/19
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THE BROKEN ARM
Of course I steal peaches from Mrs. Lewis’ tree.
So, with Tina and Lena, Rosie and Mary
And I stretch through long tubes of sunlight
I don’t remember the fall
I spend all of Third Grade
But when the school year ends
I stash the cast in my desk drawer
after the Persian Gulf War
The heavy equipment,
Point O’ Woods, South Lyme, August, 1999
So early in the morning,
We sit her in a plastic lawn chair,
and Ma, elegant and 70 pounds,
to the landing that overlooks
At the top,
Very pretty, she says, very pretty.
And I think of those words
for Katherine Conkling
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