University Scholar Magistrale to Give Poetry Reading
Release Date: 11-03-2010
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For his University Scholar presentation, Tony Magistrale, professor of English, will present a poetry reading from his own work. Some of the poems will come from his book, What She Says About Love (2008), winner of the 2007 Bordighera Poetry Prize from CUNY. Most of the selections, however, will be more recent, including a series of lyric poems inspired by painters as diverse as Picasso, Hopper, and UVM emeritus professor and acrylic landscapist, Michael Strauss.
The event, free and open to the public, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building.
Here, read a sample of Magistrale's work, the poem, "Cautionary Tale":
His name was Benny and he had done serious time
in jail. The day he got out
he broke my nose on a soft October evening
my Senior year in high school
because I possessed the temerity
to ask out his hot girlfriend. In the back
of the Pizza Hut parking lot
in a corner between a stockade fence
and a black garbage dumpster,
giant pines looming up on either side,v I watched helplessly as his fury
escalated with each prefatory shove
until it bore down into a lethal
breaths a staccato deepening,
even his stiff black hair was outraged
at this junction where language collapsed
and fists took over in a pounding blur,
where midnight entered my sinuses
in the sharp tin taste of blood.
No longer able to see or breathe clearly,
I looked up at Benny and was afforded
a revelation: the inherent moral
attendant to dating any woman, regardless
how hot, who was the girlfriend
of a man who had been sent to prison.
The University Scholar Awards Program annually recognizes distinguished faculty members for sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities. The scholars are selected by a panel of distinguished faculty, based upon nominations submitted by UVM colleagues.