Waterline Writers, Batavia, Illinois May 21, 2017

FYI–an excellent lineup of five writers last Sunday night, of which I was honored to be a part. Great crowd, wine, craft beer and delicious snacks from local artisans, and fascinating costume exhibit in an elegant space. I was happy to read from my seventh and most recent book, EDGES (Purple Flag Press, Chicago 2016).

For those who missed the reading, all videos are posted on waterlinewriters.ort/video. I am second on the program with poems on special people, living and dead, who influenced my life. Thanks to AnneVeague and Kevin Moriarty for again providing a wonderful venue for artists of all stripes. Definitely a class act!

The 3rd Sunday night readings will resume after a much-deserved summer vacay for the staff and many volunteers who make these events such a success. Be sure to “friend” Waterline Writers on fb and social media to receive postings of future happenings.

Booksellers, Taormina

Just above the Cyclops Restaurant,

up stone steps smelling of eucalyptus,

broods the bookstore, breathing the decay

of tarnished roses pasted under the noon rain.

Inside, life is made of words . . .

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

Squirrel Moment

The gray ghost

tumbles from oak to buckthorn

in search of berries, now

a silent troubadour in the linden,

hanging head down and alert

from the bat-house . . . .

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

In Rome

I swim like a fish

through vowels bubbling

in the fountains of Villa Borghese.

My tongue grows consonants,

coins in Neptune’s bath, my lips

become fins in the Trevi . . .

–Excerpt from “In Rome” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in PoetryMagazine.com.

Blackbird

The hills have buried the day

in this nondescript dawn. Stillness muffles

even the language of sparrows in the hedge.

The paving stones are damp with dew,

and ivy shakes on the wooden fence.

Blackbird, where is your song?

–Excerpt from “Blackbird” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Wichita Falls Literary and Arts Review.

April in Florence

. . . Somewhere else people are dying,

but here, the living are lifted

into the morrow, turning down

their beds as lights go on all over

the city where Dante dreamed

of Beatrice on his way to Paradise.

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

Didsbury Library Reading Tonight

Donna Pucciani will be reading from her new book, EDGES, tonight, April 20, 2017, 7 pm at the Didsbury Library, Greater Manchester, an architectural gem in its own right. Do drop by–free admission and a warm and welcoming space for relaxation after the hectic Bank Holidays. For further info, contact Dale Gillig.an at the Library. See you there!