Biography of Felix Stefanile
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.
Felix Stefanile Poems
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,
The Americanization Of The Immigrant
Your words, Genoveffa, through the open window, telling me once again what to buy at the store-
How I Changed My Name, Felice
In Italy a man's name, here a woman's, transliterated so I went to school for seven years, and no one told me different. The teachers hardly cared, and in the class
A Late Elegy for a Baseball Player
He was all back, his stance was clumsy, ran like a horse,
Carmen, you were seven. You sought me after school, just came alongside as I marched away, and fcll in stride. I caught your side-long glances. Beneath your bangs and spit-curls you were pale,
The Dance At St. Gabriel's
We were the smart kids of the neighborhood where, after high school, no one went to school, you NYU and I CCNY. We eyed each other at St. Gabriel's
Carmen, you were seven. You sought me after school,
just came alongside as I marched away,
and fcll in stride. I caught your side-long glances.
Beneath your bangs and spit-curls you were pale,
your dark eyes shimmered, you were all eyes.
You talked a blue streak for a stranger,
and I hardly answered. I was shy of words.
You said you were afraid of our old streets,
men shouting at trucks backing in and out