New Depths of Deadpan, Michael Gizzi

New Depths of Deadpan

Michael Gizzi

Publisher: Burning Deck
PubDate: 4/15/2009
ISBN: 9781886224964
Price: $14.00
Quantity Available: 31
Pages: 72
SKU #: B17F

Poetry. Should the two masks that represent Comedy and Tragedy pass through each other (imagine a total eclipse), might not their overlapping intersection be an expression of deadpan? And what about Janus, that janitor in January? Do his back-to-back facial characteristics suggest anything more than the infinite, noncommittal gaze of beginnings and endings? Or does the almost reckless declarativeness of these poems show a mind's weathering both the antic and the intimate, both merriment and distress?


Michael Gizzi was born in Schenectady, New York. He received his BA and MFA from Brown University, then spent the next decade as a licensed arborist in Southern New England. In the early 1980s he migrated to the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts, where he began teaching. For the next twenty years he coordinated many poetry readings and edited lingo magazine and Hard Press (which published, among others, Bernadette Mayer, Merrill Gilfillan, Jim Brodey, and the artist Trevor Winkfield). Back in Rhode Island, Gizzi taught at Brown University where he also coordinated the Downcity Poetry Series and continued publishing, with Craig Watson in Jamestown, Rhode Island, the imprint Qua Books. He taught at Roger Williams University in Bristol and lived in Providence. Michael Gizzi passed away in 2010. 

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