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Tuesday, February 02, 2010


by Gil Fagiani

In Trivigno, Don Gigi
believes we're all God's children
lets immigrant Muslims
perform sadat in the church's oratorio.
The bishop thunders: Santa
Maria Assunta will not be used
by the islamaci for prayer meetings.

In Padua, militants from the Lega del Nord
declare Pig Day
unleash a Yorkshire porker
to bless the grounds
where a new mosque is to be built
taking back the gift
the Communist mayor gave the infidels.

Gil Fagiani's poetry collections include: Rooks (Rain Mountain Press, 2007), Grandpa's Wine (Poets Wear Prada, 2008), A Blanquito in El Barrio (Rain Mountain Press, 2009), Chianti in Connecticut (Bordighera Press, pending 2010) and Serfs of Psychiatry (Finishing Line Press, pending 2010). He is on the Board of Directors of the Italian American Writers' Association and is the Associate Editor of Feile-Festa.