2] Connie Francis: born Concetta Rosemarie Franconero, a popular US Italian female singer of the 1950s and 1960s, famous for such songs as "Who's Sorry Now" and "Mama."
3] junipers: evergreen shrubs. chevy: Chevrolet.
4] Dino's restaurant: Hollywood eatery named after Dean Martin, the popular US singer and comedy partner of Jerry Lewis.
6] Kennedy: John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
8] Four Seasons: US vocal group featuring Frankie Valli, hugely popular in the 1960s, with songs such as "Ain't That a Shame" and "Marlena."
9] Johnny Unitas: Baltimore Colts player (1933-2002), named the greatest football player of all time.
15] Beachboys: the main US competition to the Four Seasons as popular US vocal group.
17] Peyton Place: a TV soap opera on sex and love in America broadcast in 524 half-hour episodes between 1965 and 1969.
19] Chesapeake Bay: a 180-mile estuary from southernmost Virginia to northernmost Maryland, home to thousands of species of animal and plant life.
20] Brylcream: hair cream with the advertising slogan, "A littl' dab will do ya'", used by many American men before long hair, crew-cuts, and unisex cuts became popular.
23] Ben Hur: film starring Charlton Heston (1959). the Paramount: Baltimore movie theatre erected in the 1940s on Belair Road, now turned into offices. Rome Adventure: romantic film (1962) starring Suzanne Pleshette, Troy Donahue, and Rossano Brazzi.
24] the Patterson: a movie theatre (now unused and in renovation) in Highlandtown, Baltimore, with an impressive vertical marquee. Sandra Dee: teenage actress of the late 1950s and 1960s, star of films such as Gigit and A Summer Place (1959).
25] Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons, and Dion DiMucci, lead singer with such groups as the Belmonts and the Del Satins.
29] Nat Cole: Nat King Cole, black vocalist (1919-65), whose "Christmas Song" was about as famous as Bing Crosby's "White Christmas."
35] Dundalk: city east of Baltimore.
37] Orioles: Baltimore's major league baseball team. Fatima: Our Lady of Fatima (Catholic) School, 6400 East Pratt Street, Baltimore.
46] Fell's Point: a waterfront historic community in Baltimore, with a Recreation Pier.
47] Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford, entertainer-friends of the Kennedys. Liberty Bells: perhaps the specialty chocolates.
48] Camelot: a name given to the White House when John F. Kennedy was President, 1960-63. Sun Valley: an Idaho resort.
49] Johns Hopkins: the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. bocce: Italian game of bowling, on a lawn or dirt court.
73] Fabian: Fabian Forte (1943-), a teenage singing idol of the 1950s and 1960s, known for songs like "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter."
81] Jacob wrestled with an angel who, unable to defeat him, dislocated his hip and yet, when Jacob refused to let go, had to bless him (Genesis 32:24; Hosea 12:3-4).
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 2001
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Living in Paradise: New and Selected Poems
(Toronto: Manfield Press, 2001): 143-45.
First publication date: 2001
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10
Other poems by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco