**Thanks to Sandra and Jorge for helping me with stanza six.

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro is a story about a low-level soccer team in a low-level town in a depressed part of Italy that enjoyed "15 minutes of fame".  I’m about 3/4 done with the book, but I’ve got a good inkling of what’s coming.  La Societa, Gravina, Rezza — all real people.  The book started out so happy and hopeful.  Now, in the middle, the honeymoon’s over.  The shine’s worn off.  The scum is rising to the surface.  So I’ve been angry and indignant and disgusted for about four chapters now.

I don’t know why I’m suddenly fixated on haiku, but such is the nature of creativity.  So, here’s my review of Joe McGinnis’s year of living dangerously! (Hey! That would make a great title for a movie…)◄

Amazon’s Joe McGinnis Page



McGinnis journeys

to Italy for soccer.

Same ol’ politics.


Alluring lira —

Mystery money all gone.

Gravina’s Rezza.


Wins, loses, bruises:

"Wizard of Oz" sounds from the

cell phone of Rezza.


Marcella — mother

Superior.  Vanessa —

not so much, that one.


Blind eyes, heavy hearts;

Their pitch a bed of barbed wire.

Forget "win" — SURVIVE!


One goal.  Two goals.  Three…

Theirs.  Not ours.  As usual.



Beautiful game — brings

out the worst in brothers, yet

makes brothers-in-arms.




One response to this post.

  1. Posted by RAY on December 11, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    McGinniss`s book is one of a rare breed that enthralls,angers and illuminates so many aspects of life,not merely sport. An intriguing mirror of humanity,a passionate look at the fallibility of whats inside us as well as the euphoria of life…all within the compass of desire and love. A classic.


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