Still Weeks Before Easter || Gilbert L. Gigliotti

The Church teaches
its recalcitrant flock
that

Ordinary Time spaces
singly

but
to testify

to the eternity of forty years or forty days

Lent is spent
in accumulated abstinence:
              a refracted desert
              peopled by distractions
              tempting us to forget

Gilbert L. Gigliotti, a professor of English and Latin at Central Connecticut State University, is the editor of two anthologies, Sinatra: But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem and Ava Gardner: Touches of Venus. He is the host of CCSU’s book talk television program “Central Authors” and of “Frank, Gil, and Friends” on WCS 107.7 FM New Britain. If pushed, he’d say his two poetic heroes are Horace and Sammy Cahn.

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