The poetry of John L. Stanizzi

Author’s Note: The following poems are from a one-year-long project called POND — The poems are acrostics.  Everyday, at different times during the day, I visit our pond with notebook and camera in hand.  I jot down some notes, take a picture or two, if a good photo op. presents itself.  Then I head home and write a four line acrostic using the letters P, O, N, and D.  The other caveat, which makes the project so interesting to me, is that I cannot use any of my first words more than once.  I need a different P, O, N, or D word every day; I began the book on November 9, 2018 and completed it on November 8, 2019, without ever missing a single day.




















































John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, SleepwalkingDance Against the WallAfter the BellHallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb TideFour Bits, Chants, and his newest collection, Sundowning, just out with Main Street Rag.  John’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Rust & Moth, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Blue Mountain Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Connecticut River Review, Hawk & Handsaw, Third Wednesday, Connecticut River Review, and many others. His creative non-fiction has been featured in Stone Coast Review, Ovunque Siamo, and Adelaide.   John’s work has been translated into Italian and appeared in many journals in Italy.  His translator is Angela D’Ambra.  John has read at 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.  John is a former New England Poet of the Year, and teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT where he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.

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