Friday, September 21 at 4pm
Stephen Campiglio recently published a chapbook, Cross-Fluence, through Soft Spur Press in Missoula, MT. A former member of Noh Place Artists Cooperative in Worcester, he was a finalist in the 2009 Bordighera Poetry Book Prize and featured poet in the Summer 2008 issue of Italian Americana. His work has also appeared in Caduceus, Ekphrasis, The Lumberyard Journal, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Natural Bridge, New England Jazz History Database (www.jazzhistorydatabase.com), Off the Coast, Sahara, Urban Spaghetti, and The Worcester Review, as well as the 2011 anthology, New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian American Poetry, with work forthcoming in Arts End Books, Ping•Pong, and Skidrow Penthouse. Stephen performs his poetry with a trio, “Cross-Fluence,” featuring Jay Wood on drums and Matt Bister on keyboards/guitar, and he also produced a poem cycle, entitled “A Page out of Zen,” which has been set to music by West Hartford composer, Ryan Jesperson, and will première later this year, featuring tenor voice and piano accompaniment. He founded and coordinates the Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series at Manchester Community College in CT, where he works in Continuing Education’s Credit-Free Programs. Stephen’s reading is a homecoming of sorts: he was formerly editorial assistant in Assumption College’s Office of Public Affairs, earned his Master of Arts in Education at the College in 2002, and co-founded, with Dawn Thistle, the d’Alzon Poetry Series. A book signing will follow the reading.
The evocative arises from the rub
of a double negative:
out-of-business in the off-season,
the motel between hands,
the plentiful vacancy of it all.
Overrunning empty umbrella stands,
a community of dandelions—
brilliant heads bobbing off the rocky neck.
High tide claims the narrow beach
in the quick dark.
The moon in one quadrant
of the mullioned window.
The rising moon. The dead square.
The circle is where clouds travel.
Across my kitchen floor,
a surf of garlic skins.