The Fever

bones slowed
rehearsal of stasis
trounced by rain
dissonant through
warm leaves
broken by
the burning shiver
bedclothes heavy and wet

a street of dreams
the sunlight ridiculed
by an abundance
of heat

sleep in which
the touch
of real flesh burns
the sheets hurt
the familiar is all shadow-
foreign and dangerous
sleep tethered to night
trapped out of reach
in sweat and flames

John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, Sundowning, POND, and The Tree That Lights The Way Home.

Besides Eunoia Review, John’s work has been widely published, including the journals Prairie Schooner, The Cortland Review, American Life in Poetry, Praxis Magazine, Rust + Moth, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Laurel Review, The Caribbean Writer, Blue Mountain Review, Tar River Poetry, Poet Lore, Rattle, Hawk & Handsaw, Plainsongs, Potato Soup Journal, and many others.

His work has been translated into Italian and appears widely in Italy, including in El Ghibli, the Journal of Italian Translation, Bonafini, Poetarium, and others. His translator is the Italian poet, Angela D’Ambra.

His nonfiction has been published in Literature and Belief, Stone Coast Review, Ovunque Siamo, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, Evening Street, Praxis Magazine, Potato Soup Journal, The Red Lemon Review, After the Pause, and others. Potato Soup Journal named his story “Pants” “The Best of 2020” and it appeared in their anthology celebrating these works.

John is the Flash Fiction Editor of Abstract Magazine TV, and he has read at venues all over New England, including The Arts Café Mystic, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hartford Stage, and many others.

For many years, John coordinated the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for young poets at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut. He was also a “teaching artist” for the national poetry recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud; he spent a decade with Poetry Out Loud.

A former Wesleyan University Etherington Scholar, and New England Poet of the Year (1998), John has been awarded an Artist Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction – 2021 – from the Connecticut Office of the Arts for work on his new memoir.

He teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT, and lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry, CT. His website:

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