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Gerry LaFemina

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Gerry LaFemina is the author of a number of books, including Little Heretic (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2014), Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist (Mayapple Press, 2013), Steampunk (Smalls Books, 2012), and Vanishing Horizon (Anhinga Press, 2011). He is the recipient of the 2003 Anthony Piccione Poetry Prize from Mammoth Books, the 2003 Bordighera Poetry Prize, an Irving Gilmore Emerging Artist Foundation Fellowship, and a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship. He is the director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, where he is an associate professor of English, and teaches in Carlow University’s low-residency MFA program.

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The five cool stars above this town look down
upon the main drag & the bar where a guy once fired
four bullets into a biker who said nothing

to the man, who had just laughed too loud & at an inappropriate moment.
The first shot sounded like the break
of an eight-ball rack, but louder