PRAISE FOR "THE STARRY DEVIL"
"Filled with provocative and unexpected moments, in which the unearthly and mundane collide, burst open and reveal a startling reality in familiar things. Favorites include 'Adam's Nightmare,' depicting the biblical first couple, facing struggles after their expulsion from Paradise: Wake up! / You are dreaming again / of mortgages and medical bills, / of plagues and demagogues. And, from 'Cosmic Poem:'
There is a box of thumbprints in the moon/ collected from the past. Every poem brings the reader to a new place, where terror, humor and hope, and always something new, awaits in every page." ~ Meg Smith, author, The Plague Confessor and Night's Island
As Angelo Letizia so insightfully says in his introduction, this collection is an invitation to enter into a dialogue. Your synapses will definitely be sparking on so many levels as you are submerged in the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experience of these poems. Letizia quirky sense of humor is displayed alongside insightful explorations on the nature of life and the universe. This genre-melding collection contains science and speculative fiction, supernatural and horror themes and tropes, along with what some may label as contemporary “real” life poems. His spacious minimalistic style is reminiscent of haiku, senryu, and solo rengay. ~ Terrie Leigh Relf, author, Poet’s Workshop—And Beyond;
An Untoward Bliss of Moons; and Postcards from Space.
Angelo Letizia writes mainly speculative themed poetry and is currently a professor of education at a small college in Baltimore Maryland. His true passion however is poetry. The Starry Devil and Other Unwanted Poems is his debut book of poetry and his second book of poetry Pilgrims of Infinity will be released in 2022.
Angelo's poetry has also been published in a number of literary outlets including Tales from the Moonlit Path, Bewildering Stories, The Atlantean, Sirens Call, Red Planet, AHF Magazine, Dissections, Fevers of the Mind, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Bindweed Magazine and Bowery Gothic to name a few.
Angelo’s academic credentials:
PhD. in Educational Policy Planning and Leadership,
College of William and Mary
MA. in European History, Old Dominion University
BA. in Secondary Social Studies, State University of
New York at Cortland
Angelo joined Notre Dame of Maryland in 2018 and currently teaches courses in Social Studies Methods, The History of American Education, The History of Higher Education, Educational Law, Action Research, Curriculum, Leadership Seminar, and Human Development and Learning. He has also taught courses in Cultural Diversity and Strategic Planning in the past.
Angelo lives with his wife and three children in Northern Maryland.
Human beings are bombarded with stimuli. Our brains have to filter out this stimuli for us to function. People must also deal with internal states such as emotions, feelings and memories. Poetry, at least for me, is a response to these external and internal stimuli. Poetry is a way for me to categorize these stimuli into something intelligible. Further, the poem is not a solitary endeavor. It is crafted with the aforementioned stimuli, as well as the inspirations from other poets, writers and creators. All of these components meld together to create the poem. However, the attempt does not stop there. The poem is only a beginning. It begins a conversation with others. Other people, who must also interact with stimuli, and who have emotions and experiences of their own, then must interpret the poem. In some instances, the readers will create their own poems and art, and the cycle starts again.
So, when you read these poems, what you are reading is so much more than words. You are reading stimuli made intelligible, specifically, the stimuli that have impacted me. You are reading the raw stuff of life, sunlight that falls on an abandoned farmhouse, the rain, a painful memory, a regret and all the other stuff of life formed into words.
~ Angelo J. Letizia, Manchester Maryland,
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