Joe Lovano at Lincoln Center
He lumbers on stage, an albino bear,
eyes blackened with circular shades,
hair standing up like cardboard,
holding a burnished silver saxophone
with a knobby mic on its lip.
Bouncing on his toes, he fumbles
with the sheet music, slips the embouchure
into his mouth, blows a low G
that howls in the bowels,
raises the sax like a sledgehammer,
smashing motifs and melodies
into a Milky Way of after-tones.
Gil Fagiani’s poetry collections include: Rooks (Rain Mountain Press, 2007), Grandpa’s Wine (Poets Wear Prada, 2008), A Blanquito in El Barrio (Rain Mountain Press, 2009), Chianti in Connecticut (Bordighera Press, 2010) and Serfs of Psychiatry (Finishing Line Press, pending 2011). He has translated into English poetry written in Italian, Abruzzese dialect and Spanish. Gil is on the Board of Directors of the Italian American Writers’ Association and is the Associate Editor of Feile-Festa.