“Victor D. Infante has been a repeating motif throughout history, an echo from some primordial Platonic ideal of a Victor Infante, the one that we see today being merely a shadow on a cave's wall. Or something like that. I only got a C- in Philosophy 101.
Anyway, his poems and stories were renowned in the brothels of Pre-Revolutionary-Era France, and were favored in the courts of Louis XVI … until that ended badly, and his books were all burned and his scenes were all written out of the hit Broadway musical, Les Misérables.
He resurfaced in the Roaring '20s, where a complete misunderstanding between himself, F. Scott Fitzgerald and a truly outrageous amount of Cabernet Sauvignon forced him to flee Paris for the Americas, in the process losing the manuscript for his first novel: The Ennui of the Drunken Novelist, which Ernest Hemingway called “almost as good as my worst trash.”
Eschewed by the Beat writers, who thought he was a little weird for their crowd, he pretty much slept until he was awakened in a New York City alleyway by the sound of the Ramones playing. He promptly began slam dancing, and after rumored torrid affairs with Debbie Harry of Blondie and David Bowie, he teamed up with Lester Bangs to help redefine rock journalism.
But it was redefined a few times after that, and he faded from sight until the early 21st century, where he is known in the Worcester, Mass., bars as [garbled unpronounceable guttural sound] or, in a rough translation, He Who Watches Too Much Television.
Today, Victor D. Infante is the author of the poetry collection City of Insomnia from Write Bloody Publishing, an editor and columnist in the Lifestyles section at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in New England, an occasional contributor to OC Weekly in California, the editor-in-chief of the online literary journal Radius: Poetry From the Center to the Edge and a co-editor on the recent Best Indie Lit New England anthology series.
His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including The Chiron Review, The Collagist, Pearl, Spillway, The Nervous Breakdown and FreezeRay Poetry, as well as in anthologies such as Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, The Last American Valentine: Poems to Seduce and Destroy, Aim For the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry and The Incredible Sestina Anthology.”
– Abraham Lincoln, from his profile of the author in Vanity Fair