Concrete elastic. Perf lyric. Narrative and found. Allegretti makes the rounds in Platypus, a show-off with a mission to launch poetry multidimensionally in a rocketing time machine. Finally, poetry as natural as an egg-laying mammal with a bill and a quill!
This tribrid's eponym is aptly named, for one cannot imagine its existence a priori. Allegretti's conceptual forays are not only exceptionally honed and finely wrought, but generously hilarious. In homage to that egg-laying mammal whose mammaries are stripped of nipples, this genre-busting annotated romp manages to give plenty of lyrical suck.
Joel Allegretti is the author of five previous poetry collections and a novella, Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016). His second book of poetry, Father Silicon (The Poet's Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India. His short stories have appeared in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal, and Thrice Fiction, among other literary journals. His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa, Medicine Show Theater, the Cornelia Street Café, and SideWalk Café, all in New York. He was co-editor of "Dear Yoko: A Tribute to Yoko Ono," a special digital issue of Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, a journal of performance texts and writings about performance. He is represented in more than two-dozen anthologies. Allegretti wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose work is released on Naxos American Classics. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.