Three pupils gather at the table,
arranging their books. They ignore
the snow falling outside the library,
the grey sky lowering,
the wind slicing the parking lot,
toothpick students running,
and imagine themselves in Venice,
or the Coliseum consumed by lions . . .
–excerpt from “Italian Tutorial” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective/purple flag, 2015). First published in Atlanta Review.