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Spring 2008


- A. Bodhràn
For Valentino Lo Bianco “In Memoriam” July 2007
- L. Calio
Elbow Grease
- M. Carroll
Sacred Sod
- G. Fagiani
The Name He Did Not Want
- V. Fazio
La Visita (The Visit)
- M. Frasca
Finn McCool Crosses the Line
- J. Hart
After the Glanconer
- J. Knight
- M. Lisella
Dun Arann
- J. Machan
Karaoke Swan Song
- P. Many
Sestina Terrona
- N. Matros
The Roofs of Siena
- J. McCann
- S. Moorhead
- P. Nichloas
Marriage Ellis Island Style
- F. Polizzi
The Years of Our Lord
- K. Scambray
The Girl with Botticelli Hair
- G. Tabasso
On a Dismal Night, in Dim Light Pondering a Tattered Map of Ireland
- H. Youtt

Venera Fazio

The Name He Did Not Want

My uncle had a name he did not want.
Youngest of six, baptized,

In the garden of Sicily
he pruned war memories,
trimming umbrellas of citrus.
Mediterranean breezes
diluted the heat of bread ovens
he stoked for hungry armies.
His dream – wedding childhood sweetheart,
her skin, silky smooth as the milk of almonds.
Instead, his mother yoked him to his name,
family responsibilities.

In a quarry
along the stony veins of the Niagara Escarpment,
he carved a new life.
One by one, he summoned brothers and sisters.
While they struggled,
English words danced on his tongue.
Interpreter and chauffer,
he served la famiglia.

As quarry foreman,
my uncle favored relatives
until challenged by the padrone.
Worn out by family demands
Salvatore lost his temper and threatened his superior
with the barrel of a shotgun.

After prison, he was content
laboring night shifts in a city,
away from the name he did not want,
Salvatore, savior.