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Poet Anthony Labriola

Anthony Labriola – Thrift


Thrift, thrift. Will’s word for speed, acceleration,
        tempo of betrayal, the time it takes

to hasten ambition, poison your brother,
        marry his widow, speed up accession.

Thrift is the itchy finger on the trigger,
        split-second timing of do or die, blink

of an assassin’s eye—thrifty shutter speed
        in the quick ending of a hasty beginning.


Anthony Labriola’s work has appeared in The Canadian Forum, PRISM international, Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, Stone Voices, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Passion: Poetry, and selected to appear in Panacea Literary Review. His poetry collections include: The Rigged Universe (Shanti Arts Publishing), Sun Dogs (Battered Suitcase Press), Invisible Mending (Anaphora Literary Press) and The Blessing of the Bikes & Other Life-Cycles (Anaphora Literary Press), for which he received a Work in Progress Grant from the Toronto Arts Council in 2014. His published prose works include: Devouring the Artist (a novella), The Pros & Cons of Dragon-Slaying (short stories) and Poor Love & Other Stories (short fiction), published by Anaphora Literary Press. He lives in Toronto and teaches Life Writing and College English at Seneca College.


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