E N T A S I S P R E S S
GIlbert L. Gigliotti's anthology of verse referencing Old Blue Eyes in
every possible way will delight both Sinatra fans and poetry fans
alike. The sixty poets Gigliotti has included offer a multiplicity of views
that are, as Gigliotti says in his introduction to the book, "as
contradictory as the man himself . . . at times harsh, satiric,
sentimental, erotic, comic, and tragic."
Gerald Early David Lloyd
Landis Everson Kathleen Norris
Maria Mazziotti Gillan Diane Raptosh
Allen Ginsberg Jack Ridl
Beckian Fritz Goldberg Ravi Shankar
William Hartman Ruth Stone
George Jessel Virgil Suarez
David Lehman Robert Wrigley
Gilbert L. Gigliotti is Professor and Chair in the Department of English at Central Connecticut State University. A specialist in the classical influences on early American
literature, he has taught courses on such Puritan writers as Cotton Mather, Anne Bradstreet, and Edward Taylor, as well as on Greek and Roman literature and the
literature of Sinatra. The author of A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit (2002), Gigliotti has mounted several exhibits of his Sinatra memorabilia collection,
lectures frequently on the singer, and hosts a weekly radio show on Tuesday mornings on WFCS 107.7 FM (New Britain/Hartford) and at www.wfcsradio.com. His wife
cried more than he when Sinatra died, and his daughters are two of the very few of their generation to have seen 1943’s Ghosts on the Loose with Ava Gardner, Bela
Lugosi, Huntz Hall, and Leo Gorcey. Click here to listen to Gilbert Gigliotti discuss this book .
Sinatra . . . but buddy, I'm a kind of poem
Gilbert L. Gigliotti Editor
McCallum-Smith creates vivid portraits of individuals who bear the scars of failed relationships, misunderstood intentions, sexual
and physical abuse, and spiritual isolation. These nine stories, which move effortlessly from the 19th to the 21st centuries, take the
reader to a Mexican colonial city for a Day of the Dead celebration, to visitors’ day at a Glasgow prison, to Belle Epoch New York, to
the contemporary art scene of London, to villages of Scotland’s rugged coast, and to Montreal, where a hockey fan’s keen interest
in the game leads to an unexpected dilemma. McCallum-Smith’s ability to give a comic and wry edge to a dark scene, to capture
the patois of both high and low society, to navigate the turbulent waters of dysfunctional families, and to pull her readers through
the emotional undertow of these stories attests to the power of her fictive voice. Much of the pleasure for readers lies in her
masterful use of syntax and figurative language; her talent for finding exactly the right images to convey mood and setting gives her
work its immediacy and its keen sense of place, creating elements of lasting beauty and transcendent insight.
Born and raised in Scotland, Susan McCallum-Smith currently
lives in Baltimore, where she is a freelance editor and book
reviewer. Her work has appeared in Urbanite, The Philadelphia
Inquirer, and The Scottish Review of Books; her reviews are often
heard on Maryland Public Radio. She received her MA from Johns
Hopkins University and her MFA from Bennington College.
Slipping the Moorings is her first book. Her recent essays have
appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, and
Agni, and she has been awarded a Pushcart prize for one of her
Slipping the Moorings
Stories by Susan McCallum-Smith
Poems by Kelly McGuinness
Kelly McGuinness embodies in her work a rare combination of hardheaded sensibility and mystical
insight, with results that are intelligent and often deeply moving. Her work has appeared in many
journals and magazines including the Antioch Review, Green Mountain Review, Conduit, The National
Poetry Review, Sou'wester, and Sycamore Review. In his introduction to Woodsia, Andrew Hudgins
praises the lyrical grace of these poems while providing insight into their multiple layers of meaning.
Woodsia is Kelly McGuinness's first book.
Kelly McGuinness, a law enforcement agent, is a certified yoga instructor and Thai masseuse living in
Brooklyn, New York.
Poems by Peter Bethanis
Peter Behtanis has published poems in more than fifty journals and magazines including Poetry, Blue
Viiolin, Aethlon, River Review, Lullwater Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Tar River Review, The
Mellon Poetry Anthology, The Iconoclast, and The Blue Collar Review. His work achieves a fine balance
between his keen observations of the minutiae of everyday life and the profound questions we all raise
as we search for deeper meanings that underlie experience.
Peter Bethanis received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. An assistant
professor at Ball State University in Muncie, he is the co-author of Dada and Surrealism for Beginners.
American Future is his first book of poems.
Touches of Venus
Gilbert L. Gigliotti, Editor
Gilbert L. Gigliotti is Professor and Chairman of the English Department at Central Connecticut State University.
He is the editor of Sinatra: But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem (Entasis, 2008), and author of A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary
Conceit (Greenwood, 2002), the foreword to The Gospel According to Frank (New American, 2009), and an essay in Frank Sinatra
and Popular Culture (Praeger, 1998). He is a sought-after speaker on the singer’s life and career and has curated several
exhibitions of his extensive Sinatra memorabilia collection.
Since 1993, he has hosted “Frank, Gil, and Friends,” a weekly radio program on WFCS 107.7 FM New Britain/Hartford and on-line.
Trained as a Neo-Latinist, he has published articles on the classical influences and Latin writings of such writers as Cotton
Mather, Philip Freneau, Girolamo Fracastoro, John Beveridge, and Louis Rou. He blogs at connecticuthalfwit.blogspot.com.
An anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction including work by
Margaret Atwood Robert Graves
Allan Gurganus Pere Gimferrer
Mario Cabré Peg Boyers
Margaret Meyers David Lloyd
Alain Souchon Suzanne Vega
Kirpal Singh Virgil Suarez
Alton Rivers Jim Harrison
Michael S. Harper Clarence Major
“For nearly a hundred years she has inspired and inflamed her idolators, from matador to billionaire, guttersnipe paparazzo to
head-in-the-clouds poet.Professor G.’s unique anthology—a rich mix of hymn, recollection, random invocation—is a divine
tribute to the Goddess of sex, glamour, and passion.”
Lee Server, author of Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing
S P I N
"Moira Egan’s poems are restless, jazzy, sexy, intricate, and endlessly interesting."
"Moira Egan can retain the sonnet structure and adapt it to the speech and behavior of our own day. That is impressive, not
least because her writing communicates pleasure even to the untutored reader."
"The Bar Napkin Sonnets are about looking for love in all the wrong places. If Edna Millay had been born half a century or so
later, she might have penned something like these witty, irreverent, self-knowing poems. They go down smooth as agave, and
they deliver a pleasing buzz. Salud."
Moira Egan’s books are Cleave, La Seta della Cravatta/The Silk of the Tie, and Bar Napkin Sonnets. Her poems have
appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2008. With her husband, Damiano Abeni,
she published Un mondo che non può essere migliore: Poesie scelte 1956-2007, a substantial selection of poems by John
Ashbery, which won a Special Prize of the Premio Napoli (2009). She has been a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow at the
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; Writer in Residence at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Malta; a Writing
Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center; and, most recently, she has been awarded a Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation
Bellagio Center. She lives in Rome.
E C L E C T I C A
Art and Fairytales
Arte e Favole
Francesca Romana Dragone
Text in English and Italian, with an introduction by
Italian Art Historian Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi.
From the introduction:
“Over the course of centuries, literature and painting have often combined, becoming sources of inspiration for
each other, producing an efficacious game of mirroring, intriguing, and eclectic breakthroughs. Francesca
Romana Dragone makes use of both media, selecting on the one hand the fable, and on the other hand
images of flowers that are the product of a knowing and sophisticated pictorial technique.”
“Nel corso dei secoli letteratura e pittura si sono spesso interrogate a vicenda divenendo fonte di ispirazione
l’una per l’altra e producendo, in un efficace gioco di specchi, intriganti ed eclettici sconfinamenti. Francesca
Romana Dragone si vale di entrambi i media, scegliendo da un lato la fiaba e dall’altro immagini floreali frutto
di una sapiente e sofisticata tecnica pittorica.”
Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi
Francesca Romana Dragone, a graduate of La Sapienza University in Rome and the author of a thesis on politics in contemporary fables, is a photographer and botanical
artist whose work has been exhibited in Italy. In the 1990s she began developing her mixed media pictorial technique, including photographs and collages on paper. Traveling
in the course of her work in Europe and the United States, she continues to cultivate her passion for the study of mythology, archaeomythology, folklore, and the Italian and
European fable. In 2001 she moved to the United States, where she lives with her husband and son.
Moira Egan and Clarinda Harriss
Hot Sonnets offers proof positive that rumors of the death of the sonnet have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, in the warm
and capable hands of these practitioners, it’s clear that the sonnet is still as relevant (and sexy, serious, mordant, amusing,
scintillating, sizzling) as a poem can be.
Kate Bernadette Benedict
Jo Ann Clark
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Elizabeth M. Johnson
David W. Landrum
Quincy R. Lehr
Edna St. Vincent Millay
A Life on Its Own Line
The Secret of Glass
Poems by Corrado Calabrò
English Translations by Moira Egan and Damiano Abeni
Corrado Calabrò, born in Reggio Calabria, completed his first book, Prima attesa, First Wait (Guanda Editore, 1960), when he
was twenty. He has published seventeen additional collections, including Vuoto d’aria, Air Pocket (Guanda, Editore, 1979), Una
vita per il suo verso, A Life on Its Own Line (Mondadori, 1992), La stella promessa, The Promised Star (Mondadori, 2009), and
Dimmelo per SMS, Text Me (Vallardi, 2012). Corrado Calabrò’s poems have been translated into more than a dozen languages,
and they have been collected in a theatre recital that toured extensively throughout Italy, Europe, Australia, and South America.
His novel, Ricorda di dimenticarla, Remember to Forget Her (Newton & Compton, 1999), became a finalist for the Strega Prize
and was the basis for the 2006 movie Il mercante di pietre, The Stone Merchant. Corrado Calabrò has received two honoris
causa degrees for his poetry and was awarded The Cetonaverde Prize 2011 for career achievement.
"Corrado Calabrò pursues, with a tension that is both lyrical and philosophical, his own ultimate confession.
…Calabrò orchestrates stunning concerts for the mind, woven among a merciless feeling for existence,
love, and time."
"The great seascapes, the mythical apparitions happen in a lyrical absence of time.…A hypnotic, nearly
trance-like state is created: the words themselves become hallucinatory, they repeat and freeze the liturgy of
love on the stage of a forever indifferent nature."
"Calabrò represents a unicum, a singularity, a poetic and meta-poetic mixture that is difficult to classify…and
that subverts every scheme with its formal accuracy coupled with its transgression, its substantial
PART OF THE DARKNESS
Poems by David J. Rothman
What impresses one first about David J. Rothman is his immense imaginative and intellectual range, but the more one reads
his striking and exuberant poetry the more deeply one feels its emotional force and quiet but genuine ferocity. He is an
Apollonian touched by the divine madness of Dionysus. Diverse, demanding, and delightful, his poems abundantly reward the
You've never read a book like this one, crackling with comedy and drama, colloquial, breezy and bitingly Byronic. Here we find
characters including God, a Demon, a Muse, and a hero, an ordinary modern man. We have a vital panoply of good and evil
served up by a poet of cultivated earthiness, "Mud mixed with wonder." Even in the face of suffering, David Rothman dares us to
"live large. Go big. Get tough." Here is an abundance and energy rarely seen in contemporary poetry.
David J. Rothman lives in Colorado with his wife and two sons. He is the Director of the Poetry Concentration with an Emphasis
on Versecraft in the MFA program at Western State Colorado University and also teaches at the University of Colorado at
Boulder, Denver University, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. He is the author of four other volumes of poetry, the
editor of a poetry anthology, and a co-author of a volume of criticism.
D I S L O C A T I O N
Stories by Margaret Meyers
The New York Times praised “Margaret Meyers’s impressionistic and lovely first collection of stories, Swimming in the Congo, where life along the
banks of the Congo River means confronting many disquieting realities.” The review notes that “Ms. Meyers, who spent much of her own youth in
what is now Zaire, relates…[these stories] with intelligence and restraint, while dipping knowingly into equatorial Africa’s political and racial
divides.” Those same divides underscore the tensions many of the characters in the stories of D i s l o c a t i o n experience. In this new collection,
Meyers moves effortlessly from Africa, where she revisits some of the themes of her earlier collection, to Renaissance Florence and the
contemporary settings of Chicago and an east coast seminary. For those readers who savor the beauty of a well-crafted sentence, Meyers’s prose
offers endless delights. These stories and characters in all their diversity and subtlety plumb the depths of the heart.
“In these twelve mesmerizing stories, Margaret Meyers illuminates the chasm between doing good and meaning well. Refreshingly candid — and comfortable
with paradox and complexity — she renders the Congo familiar and New Jersey exotic. Bible verses waft through these stories, but so do village gossip and
political propaganda. Language is at her mercy, as are we, and her descriptions of beer, soup, or a ripe banana will make a reader gasp and give thanks.”
Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of Man Alive!, The Bowl Is Already Broken, and
The Frequency of Souls
“D i s l o c a t i o n is a splendid and enticing book of stories. It is mainly about the wives or daughters of Protestant ministers or missionaries in Africa. The
women are holding themselves in check...until they explode or implode. One of my favorites is from the point of view of John Donne’s wife after the sensual
Donne has turned gloriously but severely holy. What are women to do when
men claim loftiness? The answers in these stories are various but always compelling.”
John Casey, recipient of the National Book Award for his novel Spartina,
the Rome Prize, and a “Mildred and Harold Strauss Living” Award from
the American Academy of Arts and Letters
"While Africa and the missionaries who migrate there provide background for five of the stories, all 12 center on a widely diverse cast of central characters and
plots. “The Eisenhower Jacket,” to name one, is the best portrayal I have ever read of the isolation, physical stress and sheer terror of an American infantryman
caught in a freezing fog on the outermost front lines of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in December 1944. It is truly worthy to be ranked alongside Stephen
Crane’s “The Red Badge of Courage” for putting the reader inside a soldier’s psychic skin."
James Srodes, author of ON DUPONT CIRCLE; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who
Shaped Our World ; FRANKLIN:The Essential Founding Father ; ALLEN DULLES: Master of Spies ;
and DREAM MAKER: The Rise and Fall of John Z. DeLorean