Poetry. Art. Religion and Spirituality. Italian Studies. MISSING MADONNAS begins with the lunar arrival of its author, Gil Fagiani, who throughout this collection explores mythical Madonnas, nonnas, and urban addiction and redemption for a portrait of a life lived in pain and triumph. Dedicated to his Orlandini family, this book, first posthumous, is the final in a trilogy—CHIANTI IN CONNECTICUT and STONE WALLS—from a first generation American whose poetry transcends the conventional visions of the post-war 50's, the turbulent 60's, and the bitter tenderness of a life that ended much too soon.
Gil Fagiani (1945-2018) grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He was a translator, essayist, short-story writer, and poet. His work has been translated into French, Greek, Italian, and Spanish, and his translations have appeared in such anthologies as A New Map: The Poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy, edited by Mia Lecomte and Luigi Bonaffini; Poets of the Italian Diaspora, edited by Luigi Bonaffini and Joseph Perricone; and Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943, edited by Francesco Durante and Robert Viscusi (American Edition). His books include MISSING MADONNAS, STONE WALLS, and CHIANTI IN CONNECTICUT, all from Bordighera Press.Author City: Long Island City, NY USA