Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight: Poems by Dante Di StefanoLove Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight: Poems by Dante Di Stefano

Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight: Poems

byDante Di Stefano

Paperback | October 9, 2016

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Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight is a collection of contemporary poetry by award-winning poet Dante Di Stefano, whose work has appeared in Brilliant Corners, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, New Orleans Review, Obsidian, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, The Writer’s Chronicle, and elsewhere.

Dante Di Stefano's awards include the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts, The Red Hen Press Poetry Award, The Crab Orchard Review's Special Issue Feature Award in Poetry, The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, The Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry, The Bea González Prize in Poetry, and an Academy of American Poets C...
Title:Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.26 inPublished:October 9, 2016Publisher:Brighthorse BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944467025

ISBN - 13:9781944467029


Table of Contents

Statue of the Emaciated Buddha 13Channeling Mingus 14If I was a Character in a Rural Noir, I'd Learn Claw Hammer Banjo and Mourn the Slow Betrayal of the Body that Inevitably Occurs in Life Outside of Novels 15Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight 17The Orchard Keeper 19A Defense of Confessional Poetry 20Making a Canoe Out of the Eden Tree 22With a Coat 23Seventeen 24Accident Report 25Chemotherapy Epithalamion 26From Nightlight Past Midnight Moon to Hospital Hallway and Back Again 27Field Trip 28Filibuster to Delay the Death of My Father 29Channeling Nina Simone 31Fighting Weather 33Without Wings 35Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind 37Channeling Coltrane 38Dancing in the Parking Lot of the Prefabricati 40Benny 41If I Did Not Understand the Glory and Suffering of the Human Heart I Would Not Speak Before Its Holiness 43Your Freckles Compared to a Muddy Waters Song 44While Listening to Professor Longhair I Imagine the Atomin the Flowers of a Winter Cherry Outside my Windowsill and I Know Everything's Gonna Be Alright 45Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me 47A Carpetbagger's Guide to Holly Springs, Mississippi 48What I Learned from Spaghetti Westerns 50Brief Instructions for Writing an Outlaw Country Song about the Jena Six 52Epithalamion Doused with Moonshine 53Irretrievable Cursives 54Another Epic 55A Benediction 56The Linden Street Card Club 57Thirteen 58American Ark 59Channeling Thelonious 60A Hip Hop Generation History of My Heart 61Ode to Graffiti at the Lackawanna Train Depot 63An Idea of Heaven Proposed by the Ghost of Walt Whitman to the Ghost of Gerard Manley Hopkins asOverheard and Retold in the Spirit of Milton Kessler at the Closing of the Second to Last Independent Hardware Store in Broome County, New York 65Channeling Sun Ra 66The Lives of the Saints 67The New Pope Talks about the Contents of His Briefcase 68A Drone Pilot Discusses the Story of Abraham and Isaac 70A Morning Prayer While Pumping Gas at the Gulf Station 72Baby Jesus of the Washing Machine 74The Angel of Poetry 75Chagall's Bride on the Leroy Street Bus 76Ode to Dumpster Sparrows near the Loading Dock at the Holiday Inn 78What I Didn't Learn about Reading in High School 80Speculations Implicit in the Motion of an Ant's Mandibles 82Bridge Work at the Confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers 84Driving Around 85Sometimes I Think I'll Never Leave the Triple Cities 86After Reading Emerson's "Woods, A Prose Sonnet" 88Like Those Pictures of Breughel that Make of the Profound a Pinprick and Those Poems of Williams that Break Cut Roses into Stars 89Self-Portrait as Don Cherry Praying to Saint Cecilia 90Captain America Talks to Emma Lazarus after Reading Toni Morrison's Tar Baby 92After Listening to Obama's Immigration Speech I Pray to Saint Jesús Malverde 94A Breviary for the Liturgy of Leroy Street 96Elegy for Philip Levine 98Words for Barbara, Many Years From Now 100About the Writer 103Acknowledgments 104

Editorial Reviews

Dante Di Stefano's powerful debut is, in part, an extended elegy for his father-a journey of loss and love, as well as acceptance and gratitude. It also praises the many tutelary figures who have guided his artistic life. (As the poet Lynda Hull once wrote, "Oh the many lives that have fountained through / my own.") Like William Carlos Williams, he knows that respecting nature requires an understanding of decay-spring and all-and that investigating rot may yield more answers than radiant blooms. But most of all, this collection advocates resilience and humility, essential qualities that deserve this passionate celebration.- Sascha Feinstein, Author of Misterioso and Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the PresentIn his auspicious debut, Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight, Dante Di Stefano deftly draws upon the blank verse of Milton's Paradise Lost to create his own attempt to understand the strange ways of God in our troubled and lovely world. Where everything seems bent on disappearing-dreamer-fathers, channeled wounded jazzmen, "a mother's pirouetted loops on Hallmark cards," the Triple Cities School of Beauty Culture-all of it, "endlessly in flight," Di Stefano sings the lives that "swam the world as sunlight through a school/ of fish, glints in an ever shifting veil."                                                -Philip Metres, Author of Sand OperaLove Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight is a joyride down a stretch of the American Main Street full of mysteries, signs, and potholes. Dante Di Stefano looks for the sacred in all the wrong places, and in so doing finds traces of it everywhere. These poems overflow with life and speak straight from a tremendous heart. -Tom Bouman, Author of Dry Bones in the ValleyDante Di Stefano's first book is absolute proof that poetry rises from the ruins. He sings of Binghamton, New York, and the hardscrabble streets where he grew up. He sings the praises of dumpster sparrows and anonymous saints most of us never see. He sings of his father, a postal worker for more than thirty years who died of cancer, the intimate objects and aching absences he left behind. Yet, if the poet confronts death bravely-even speaking in the voice of an unrepentant drone pilot-he also embraces life, the miracles of the everyday. There is music everywhere, from Nina Simone to Muddy Waters to Professor Longhair. There is the childhood friend who insisted, convincingly, that the baby Jesus lived in his washing machine. As the title tells us, love motivates the poems of Dante Di Stefano; love drives them to the page in the middle of the night; love will keep you turning the pages.             -Martín Espada, Author of Vivas to Those Who Have Failed and Zapata's Disciple