Green Hills Literary Lantern


Dinner in America



Let’s try the old French place, said George.

I hear they’ve got a brand new chef.

The chef turned out to be the owner—

Pasquale. Not French, Italian,

He spoke no English.

George and I, with Italian surnames,

Speak no Italian, though I know

Une peau très mal Français, which Pasquale couldn’t grasp.

His daughter tried translation, though

Her range was off since he laughed at

What was serious, frowned at George’s jokes.

The waitresses were Hispanic. Could

Speak no English, French, or Italian.

The only thing we had in common was that

No one in the joint spoke German.

The menu was French, the schnitzel ok,

Though it seemed to be a bit of a stretch.


Fired from Hallmark for writing meaningful greeting-card verse, Fred Yannantuono has currently published 424 poems in 91 journals in 38 states. Was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2006, 2013, and 2015. Widely considered one of the greatest poets to ever come out of northern Bronxville (population 32), his book, A BOILERMAKER FOR THE LADY, has been banned in France, Latvia, and the Orkney Isles. TO IDI AMIN I’M A IDIOT—AND OTHER PALINDROMES was recently published. I HATE TO SECOND-GUESS MYSELF, OR DO I? is due out soon. Paul Newman once claimed to have known him for a long time.