After the Solstice

. . . I am drugged with the expectation

of lilacs in bud and robins nesting again

in the eaves. But for now,

the cold is my epiphany,

and darkness my star.

–Excerpt from “After the Solstice” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Flint Hills Review.

After the Solstice

Every day, more light, they say, and yet

sky smothers earth like an old pillow.

Squirrels hide in clumps of leftover leaves.

Trees inscribe eternal winter on the roofs.

–Excerpt from “After the Solstice” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Flint Hills Review.

Together Apart

He sits in his chair,

the blue light of the television

bathing his face,

in evenings too soft

to be winter,

a season lost to vanished snows.

–Excerpt from “Together Apart” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Iodine Poetry Journal.

Hunger

. . . Spring will bring mud

and blossom, meringue

sugaring a cloud of leaves.

–Excerpt from “Hunger” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Cairn.

Incremental

. . . Daylight inches towards spring.

Each new dawn wakes me earlier,

each new twilight stays a little longer

in my open hands.

–Excerpt from “Incremental” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Homestead Review.

Poetry Reading Invitations

REMINDERS of Coming Poetry Readings by Donna Pucciani

Donna Pucciani will be reading from her most recent collection of poems, EDGES (Purple Flag Press, Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago 2016) at the following venues. Please join us if you are in the area.

Brewed Awakening Coffee House, Westmont, Illinois, USA, Sunday March 26, 2017, 12:30-2 pm, with fellow poet Sheila Elliott. Sponsored by Illinois State Poetry Society. Cover charge includes refreshments.

Didsbury Public Library, Manchester, U.K., Thursday April 20, 2017, 7 -9:30 pm. Those in the north of England in April are invited for the reading and refreshments. She will read from her most recent collection of poems, EDGES (Purple Flag, Virtual Artists Collective, 2017). Contact Dale Gilligan at the Library for further information.

Waterline Writers: Donna will join several other writers to share the podium at this popular suburban Chicago venue, Sunday May 21, 2017, 7pm, at Waterline Writers, Batavia, Illinois, USA. Donna will read from her most recent book of poems, EDGES (Purple Flag, Virtual Artists Collective, 2017). See Waterline Writers’ website for further info.

Pucciani will also be giving a reading for the PEO, a philanthropic organization focused on education for women and girls on an international level. Pucciani will read after the business meeting at 11 am in Wheaton, Illinois. She is happy to support this worthy cause and to share her work with PEO members. Her most recent book is EDGES (Purple Flag, Virtual Artists Collective, 2017). She will also read from several previous collections, including theĀ favorite CHASING THE SAINTS.

 

 

 

The Heartland

… The ice angels will visit us again

to make Lake Michigan howl

among the skyscrapers, to sweep

our bones with their crystal wings.

–Excerpt from “The Heartland” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago 2016). First published in Homestead Review.