Sun Dogs

Vagabondage Press LLC
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These poems fly from Earth to Jupiter and back, but one can feel the sweat on the skin for the whole trip. Lenses, including those of our eyes, let the sky-watcher chart the trip of the time-traveler from beginning to end. We are all star-children, born into the universe, where we must wander from place to place and time to time in search of our own bliss.

The trip also takes us to “inner space.” In three parts, Sun Dogs, as a themed collection, attempts to capture moments of wonder, loss and healing: 1. Planetarium, 2. Jealous Planet, and 3. Cosmic Therapies. The poems speak of the human journey – the odyssey of experience in a galaxy filled with legends and natural phenomena. Yet, the collection promises “cosmic therapy” – a time for something great. 

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Anthony Labriola’s work has appeared in such publications as The Canadian Forum, PRISMinternational, Lo Straniero, Vallum: New International Poetics, Stone Voices, Still Point Arts Quarterly and Passion: Poetry. Shanti Arts has published his poetry collection, The Rigged Universe. Sun Dogs, published by Vagabondage Press, is his second collection. Anaphora Literary Press has published his novella, Devouring the Artist, as well as a collection of stories, The Pros & Cons of Dragon Slaying.

Labriola was born in Italy, but grew up in Canada. He comes from a large family, and many of his siblings are artists. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Louisa Josephine. They have five grown-up children—each is an artist in his or her own right.

His love of poetry began at a young age when he first read Dylan Thomas’s “The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower.” The same force drove him to write with a focus on mystical realities. The theater also held a strange fascination for him, and he acted in, directed, and wrote plays. After graduating high school in the late 1960s, he studied English and French at the University of Toronto. Bent on teaching literature and the arts, he received a B. Ed. in English and Dramatic Arts from the Faculty of Education, and an M.A. from the Graduate Center for the Study of Drama. He taught English, Drama and Performing Arts for thirty-two years. He was also Curriculum Chair in the Arts and was inspired by the talents of his colleagues and students.

He now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and teaches Life Writing at Seneca College.  

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Vagabondage Press LLC
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Dec 31, 1992
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Poetry / Canadian
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