Is Is

The thing, the way we look directly at
each other, the alibi, the qualifier,
stumble-john of a funky lame excuse
improvised with hardly any thought
beyond the fact that you’re not going to play,
flimsy line as solid as a stone
yet transparent, a feeble little tale,
emergency exit lie of necessity
that we’ve all used in love or otherwise
to squirm away from something genuine
because, well, the thing is is that
there is a fiction that we must attend,
a fabrication we simply cannot miss.

John L. Stanizzi’s first book, Ecstasy Among Ghosts, was published by Antrim House Books (; it’s now in its 3rd printing.  His second book,  Sleepwalking (also with Antrim House) was released in October, 2009.

New poems have just been published (or will appear soon) in The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Rattle, Hawk & Handsaw, Freshwater, Gutter Eloquence, and SNReview.

John L. Stanizzi is a former Wesleyan University Etherington Scholar and Poet in Residence at Manchester Community College and the Middletown Public Schools, both in Connecticut.

His poems have appeared in Passages North, The Spoon River Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Connecticut River Review, Stone Country, and many others.  He was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

John L. Stanizzi is an Adjunct Professor of English, Manchester (CT) Community College, and he teaches English at Bacon Academy in Colchester CT, where he directed the theater program for 15 years.

In 1998, he was named The New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English.

Garrison Keillor has featured his work on The Writer’s Almanac.

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