Readings from Gil Fagiani’s Missing Madonnas, (Bordighera Press, 2018)

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Tuesday October 16 2018. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY. 25 W. 43rd Street, 17th Floor New York NY 10036. In the posthumously published Missing Madonnas, the late poet Gil Fagiani writes with lyricism and humor about the absurdities of life, from mythical Madonnas to nonnas to urban addictions, gallant struggles for redemption, and the sustained beauty of ordinary days and lives.

Dedicated to his Orlandini family, this book is the last in a trilogy; the first two volumes are Chianti in Connecticut and Stone Walls. This Italian American’s poetry transcends the conventional images of the postwar ’50s, the turbulent ’60s, and the bitter tenderness of a life that ended much too soon.

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