Index of Poets
- Austin Alexis
- Collin Barber
- Yota Daniil
- Gil Fagiani
- Donna Gagnon
- Rachel Green
- Lois Marie Harrod
- Ruth Holzer
- Hank Kalet
- Steadman Kondor
- John Lambremont, Sr.
- Gill McEvoy
- Karen Neuberg
- Joan Page-Durante
- Mandy Pannett
- John Joseph Petrolino III
- Doug Pugh
- Christine Redman-Waldeyer
- David Romanda
- Nancy Scott
- Ivan Sun
- Levi Wagenmaker
- Lonnard Dean Watkins
- Mark Arvid White
Dopefiend Hustle # 132: Playing The Christers
Every Christer worth his cross is stuck on the scenario
of the great sinner who becomes the great saint.
I tell the minister I hear God's voice command me:
Put down the jug, the pipe stem, lead a sanctified life.
The pastor introduces me to his flock. They donate
clothes, food, a place to lay up, even pocket money.
I scourge myself in public, beg for forgiveness,
preach to the hardcore blasphemers.
I'm the hottest ticket at prayer meetings, Sunday service,
church picnics and fundraisers.
Everyone wants me to meet their virgin daughters,
straighten out their wayward sons.
Then the day comes when the faithful realize, I've robbed
the rectory, maxed out their kid's credit cards--disappeared.
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 2011). He is on the Board of Directors of the Italian American Writers' Association and is the Associate Editor of FEILE-FESTA.