Fagiani also pays deep attention to staff members working and retired like Miss Hunter, found dead, "her stroke-stiffened head/purple as an eggplant." The story of her life is discovered in her possessions, evidence plenty enough to inspire a novelist and tenderly cataloged by the poet include "a framed certificate of appreciation/signed by the governor,/a large print bible/an electric broiler/two auburn hair extensions,/a wig cleaning kit,/a chrome cocktail shaker,/two packs of Gypsy Good Time/playing cards,/and a book on how to interpret dreams/for love and money."
This is gritty and nicely-crafted work culminates in a complex poem about paranoia and suicidal ideations ironically titled "My Wife Accused Me of Having Another Woman." Throughout Serfs of Psychiatry, Gil Fagiani never goes out of his way to spare himself. Highly recommended. Go to Finishing Line Press to order.
- Inspiration: when I have confidence in myself.
- Pick a piece of wood floating in the river and follow it down the current with your glance, keeping the eyes constantly on it, without getting ahead of the current. This is the way poetry should be read: at the pace of a line.
- How do I feel about people who do not understand my poetry? I understand them.
- Being well-known means knowing almost nothing as to who knows you and what they might know about you.
- Poetry begins when not only the reader but also the author starts wondering whether it is poetry.
- I write to equalize the pressure from without and from within, to prevent being squashed (by misery) or being blown apart ( by happiness).
- - Do you understand that understanding is impossible? - I do.
- By giving my books as presents, I mark my territory.
- Stravinsky: "I like writing music more than I like music."
- A fisherman told me: "Writing poetry must be like digging for earthworms: you grab the critter by the end and pull. Pull too hard, and it'll break/ not hard enough, it'll get away."
- From a letter of a young poet: "I write when I feel bad. When I feel fine, I don't write." With me, it's the opposite: when I write, I feel fine. I feel bad when I do not write.
- An ideal poem: every line of it can serve as a title for a book.
- Reader: Do you want me to recognize my everyday world in your poems? Poet: No, I want your world to seem unfamiliar to you, once you take your eyes off the text.
- When a true poet dies, we realize that all his poems were about death.
- Reader: Yevtushenko claims that in Russia a poet is something more than just a poet. Is that true? Poet: No, nothing can be more than a poet. Comment or Read Comments Here on any of the above or below. If you do not have a Google account, log in under "Name/URL," (it's easy). Just the name (don't worry about the URL). Actual name is best, but use what you like. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I can post it.