Celebrating a Year

October 4, 2010

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Michael Gizzi died last Thursday; I just found out. He was a poet, a really interesting one who lived here in my town and taught for awhile at my university. His writing is terse and magical, with the feel of bebop saxophone playing late into the night. Here’s one of his poems. There’s also a really interesting webpage that has archived him reading one of his books, check it out–  Pennsound


It’s raining pitchforks
on a plate of balloons
sheet music wrinkles

and tunes
first the musicians
then alligators vamp

so long, Monsoon
I don’t know why
if the Yellow Kid

has the blues
his silver swan still carries
to the farthest potted palm

perhaps he doesn’t know he’s
going to lose trailing on the wings
of a well-appointed paint

some unseen shepherd’s pie
banjos on his shoes
noodles in the sky

Written by mairmusic

October 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

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  1. Thanks for the introduction to his poetry..really enjoyed his readings.


    October 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    • Oh, good– thought you might. There’s another reading I stumbled on online, but I didn’t bookmark it. He was an interesting man, sorry to lose him @ 60.


      October 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm

  2. it’s a loss.
    sorry to hear that.
    he’s a fantastic poet and listening to his readings had an amazing style


    October 4, 2010 at 8:10 pm

  3. Strong voice that makes such a statement when he reads..thanks for introducing him to me. RIP Michael.oxo


    October 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

  4. What a wonderful poem. Marilynn, thanks for posting it and for the intro to a new-to-me poet. Am off to explore the link you gave us.

    Happy days …

    Jamie Dedes

    October 5, 2010 at 4:54 am

    • He was a wonder– I know you enjoyed the reading.


      October 5, 2010 at 8:31 am

      • I absolutely did. Thank you! And I appreciate that site. Lots of fine stuff to mine there … Will keep me busy awhile … :-)

        Jamie Dedes

        October 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      • Yep– a great service by UPenn.


        October 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

  5. Thanks for turning us on to Michael. A modern-day Beat poet. His inspriing words live on.

    Giovanni Cucullo

    October 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm

  6. great introduction!


    October 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm

  7. Great work, thanks for introducing him to me!

    short poems

    October 6, 2010 at 2:35 am

  8. its a beautiful poem. very very beautiful.
    may his soul rest in peace.


    October 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

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