John L. Stanizzi – 2 poems


8.47 a.m.

47 degrees


Phoebes tend the woods around the pond this morning,

oratorical crankers of Feea-Beee…Feea-Beee.

Nobody, except the mourning doves with their squeaky wings, could use a

drop of WD-40 more than the rusted phoebes’ shrill songs of spring.





3.11 p.m.

59 degrees


Palazzo of mud and new grass, the green frog has

overdosed in the cool splendor of spring sun, and is

numbed by the heat on his rigid back.  Asleep, this

dappled creature is attainable, but why?  His sleep is more captivating.



John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, and Chants.  His newest collection, Sundowning, will be out this year with Main Street Rag.  John’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Blue Mountain Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Rust & Moth, Connecticut River Review, Hawk & Handsaw, and many others.  His work has been translated into Italian and appeared in many journals in Italy.  His translator is Angela D’Ambra.  John has read and venues all over New England, including the Mystic Arts Café, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hartford Stage, and many others.  For many years, John coordinated the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Young Poets at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT.  He is also a teaching artist for the national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud.  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.