Poetry. Fiction. Drama. Joel Allegretti's PLATYPUS presents the reader with, among other treats, a cento meant to be in the voice of Victor Frankenstein, a ghazal composed of the generic names of psychotropic drugs, and a tribute to the thirty-three villains from the 1960s Batman TV series. Featuring poems, short stories, Fluxus-inspired instruction pieces, and even text art, PLATYPUS is a hybrid work named after the ultimate hybrid animal.
Joel Allegretti is the author of four collections of poetry. His second book, Father Silicon (The Poet's Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of RABBIT EARS (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about television. Allegretti's poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium and India. He has published his fiction in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal and The Nassau Review, among other literary journals. His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa Experimental Theater, Medicine Show Theatre, the Cornelia Street Café and the Sidewalk Café, all in New York. He wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose work is released on Naxos American Classics. Allegretti is a member of ASCAP.
Author City: Fort Lee, NJ USA