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Tony Trigilio interviewed by The Collinsport Historical Society Podcast


 THE COMPLETE DARK SHADOWS (OF MY CHILDHOOD) is a book-length poem by Tony Trigilio about everybody's favorite gothic soap opera, DARK SHADOWS. The concept behind the book is grand: Billed as a multi-part experimental biography, the first book in the series spans the first 183 episodes of DARK SHADOWS to feature Barnabas Collins. The book is currently available in multiple formats from Amazon.

In this episode of THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY podcast, Patrick McCray speaks with Trigilio about binge watching, the mysteries of the show's earliest episodes, and how memories from his childhood have colored his return to Collinwood.

Listen to the episode streaming above, or download it as an MP3 by clicking HERE.

And subscribe to THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY podcast on iTunes for free by clicking HERE!  


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The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood) by Tony Trigilio Now Available!

 Tony Trigilio’s book-length poem The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood) is the first book of a multi-volume experiment in autobiography. For this project, Trigilio is watching all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows, the gothic soap opera that ran on ABC from 1966-1971. He is composing one sentence for each episode and shaping the sentences into couplets. Book 1 covers 183 episodes. The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood) is both an autobiographical diary poem and an ode to lost television artifacts. As David Trinidad, author of Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera, writes of the book, “Trigilio manages to create a riveting two-fold narrative—personal and TV-screen ekphrastic—out of piecemeal sentences (one per episode) that honor the most unlikely of poetic subjects: a cheaply produced, blooper-ridden, gothic-horror soap opera.

Barnabas Collins, kitsch vampire but source of poet Tony Trigilio’s childhood nightmares, rises from his casket in the first sentence of this intrepid fever chart of a poem. Trigilio manages to create a riveting two-fold narrative—personal and TV-screen ekphrastic—out of piecemeal sentences (one per episode) that honor the most unlikely of poetic subjects: a cheaply produced, blooper-ridden, gothic-horror soap opera. This is just the first installment of what promises to be a classic American coffin-shaped (I hope) epic poem. —David Trinidad

Tony Trigilio has taken on an epic task in The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). Here, in Book 1, Trigilio uses the episodes as touchstones for his earliest memories, including nightmares, brought on by TV’s dream factory. Watching Dark Shadows episodes on DVD almost fifty years later, alone or with friends, the speaker confesses, “each time I rewind, it’s something different.” He re-casts his past in terms of gruesome camp, excavation and repression. As I read through this poem I remember my outrage at Dark Shadows being preempted by Watergate coverage, the weird day the show went from black and white to color. But if Trigilio seems to be in the zeitgeist—Dark Shadows remade by Tim Burton, Dark Shadows as referenced in Mad Men—he is also solidly planted in the universal. A boy and his mother, his brother, his father. The spirit and death. Blood—as in relation. Blood as in sex and violence. Couplets (rhyming and not), anaphora, elegies, sonnets, and a ghazal beautifully frame personal and cultural anxiety. —Denise Duhamel

Long before Twilight or True Blood, there was Barnabas Collins haunting the national psyche—a vampire the poet Tony Trigilio met before he met language itself, through watching the Dark Shadows soap as a very young child with his mother. In this tour-de-force of a long poem, Trigilio reveals how our pop culture invades the very core of our imagination with irresistible magical images such as ghost girls, psychic boys, “sea tramps,” and “paranormal flowers” of all varieties. But what he also shows is that while (to paraphrase Wittgenstein) “our pictures hold us captive,” we can repossess them and ourselves through our creative acts. Anyone who wants to understand what’s behind our cultural obsession with vampires better get this book right away. —Jerome Sala

Tony Trigilio’s recent books are White Noise (Apostrophe Books) and Historic Diary (BlazeVOX [books]). He is editor of Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments, forthcoming in 2014 from Ahsahta Press. He directs the program in Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago and is a co-founder and co-editor of Court Green.

Book Information:


· Paperback: 102 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-143-6




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Finding poetry in Kennedy assassination


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Author Tony Trigilio explores President Kennedy's assassination through poetry in 'History Diary.'

Tuesday marked the 48th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The moment has worked itself deep into the American psyche, spawning commissions, books, movies and theories all bent on uncovering what really happened that day. Author and poet Tony Trigilio was fascinated by the mystery surrounding Kennedy’s assassination. He poured over the Warren Commission Report and then, he started reading Lee Harvey Oswald’s personal diary. But he didn’t find conspiracy; he found poetry. The result was Historic Diary - his latest collection of poems.

Web extra: Tony Trigilio reads two poems from his book Historic DiaryKiss Junie and Rachel for me, I love you, be sure to buy shoes for June, and The Manchurian Cadidate. 

Read more here and listen to the radio interview

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April is the Bestest Month - Great New Reviews

April is the Bestest Month - Great New Reviews


New Reviews:
A great review of Historic Diary by Tony Trigilio in NewPages
A wonderful review of Jennifer Wolf’s Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow by Jordan Antonucci, the poetry reviewer for Monkey Puzzle Press
Jennifer's book will be out soon! 
The Jivin’ Ladybug presents BOOK REVIEWS 2 <http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8911e/jivinladybug/id130.html> :

Two perceptive writers, Felino Soriano and Hayley Mollmann, have joined Jared Demick as part of the Bug’s review team. In this issue, the following books are reviewed:

Urayoán Noel’s Hi-Density Politics
César Vallejo’s Against Professional Secrets
Edwin Torres’s Yes Thing No Thing
Anne Portugal’s absolute bob
Charles Bernstein’s Attack of the Difficult Poems
Sawako Nakayasu’s Hurry Home Honey: Love Poems 1994-2004
Ruxandra Cesereanu & Andrei Codrescu’s Forgiven Submarine
Peter Waterhouse’s Language Death Night Outside: POEM. Novel
Weston Cutter’s You’d Be a Stranger, Too is reviewed in 3 places:
at the Rumpus
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