Felix Stefanile Poems
- Taking Sides With John Ciardi When Robert Lowell hyphenated ...
- The Americanization Of The Imm... Your words, ...
- How I Changed My Name, Felice In Italy a man's name, here a ...
- A Late Elegy for a Baseball Pl... He was all back, his ...
- Carmen Carmen, you were seven. You sought me after ...
- The Dance At St. Gabriel's We were the smart kids of the ...
Felix Stefanile was bom in 1920 in Long Island City, New York. He was educated in the public schools and at CCNY. A World War 11 veteran, he found employment after the war in a series of clerical jobs until 1950, when he began his eleven-year stint in the New York State Department of Labor. There he eventually became a middle functionary in worker's claims and entitlements. more »
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Comments about Felix Stefanile
Taking Sides With John Ciardi
When Robert Lowell hyphenated you-
Italian, hyphen sign, American-
to praise your poetry, your answer ran
in rough-house expletives. Your passion flew,
and subsequently in an interview
you squelched his harmless seeming little hyphen
as not the way to write out citizen.
How culture-vultures smiled at the to-do.
If this is poetry, as may be true,
it's also punctuation, not too thin
a point or line for morals that you drew.
We all know grammar can stick like a pin,
and those who think my point is overdrawn,
they are no friends of yours, nor of mine, ...