Elegies for Michael Gizzi. In the afterword to this collection, William Corbett writes that Michael Gizzi (1949–2010) “was one of those generous souls who served poets and poetry,” and these sixteen poems celebrate both his friend and friendship. Corbett recalls the people, places, and events that make up a well-lived life, and the four peculiar and lovely drawings by Natalia Afentoulidou are the perfect companion to these poems, ensuring the feeling of a celebration—never a dirge.
About William Corbett. A poet, art writer, and memoirist who lives in Boston’s South End, William Corbett teaches writing at MIT. He has published books on the artists Philip Guston and Albert York, and edited the letters of the poet James Schuyler. He serves on the advisory board of Manhattan’s CUE Art Foundation and directs the small press Pressed Wafer. In 2011 Hanging Loose Press published his book The Whalen Poem.
About Natalia Afentoulidou. Natalia Afentoulidou earned a BFA from Athens School of Fine Arts in her native Greece, and received an MFA in painting from Boston University. In Greece she exhibited drawings and paintings in several group and solo shows, and she illustrated Greek editions of Leo Tolstoy’s Three Hermits and The Power of Darkness, and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth.