Category Archives: Books

The Documents

The marriage certificate of my great-great-grandfather

arrived yesterday from Cosenza.

We are all born to die.

This ink attests to the dark bliss in between.

–excerpt from “The Documents” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in nebulab.

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The Geography of Nonna

My grandmother’s ghost

floats down the Amalfi coast, past Sirens

and the bones of hapless sailors . . .

–excerpt from “The Geography of Nonna” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in nebulab.

Ghost Garden

Why do you clamor for attention

here among the roses?

Some days you all talk at once . . .

–excerpt from “Ghost Garden” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani.

Assumptions

At the Church of the Assumption

in a small town in Italy,

the heart of the Madonna glows purple,

bleeds red among her blue robes.

Her cloud-puffed feet ascending,

she will soon vanish from view

to become one with the God-child

whom she bore, wept over,

and sought at the empty grave . . . .

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

With You

. . . In an hour, with a bitter wind at our faces

after the hearth’s deep assurances,

we will head for the car in the gathering

gloom, thinking of perhaps

a movie to watch at home tonight.

Suddenly you reach across the table

to smoothe my hair . . .

–Excerpt from “With You” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Common Ground Review.

On a day like this

when the wind chill is minus thirty

and the snow is heaped in gray hills

on grocery store parking lots,

when gusts of wind buffet the car

so hard you grip the wheel . . .

–Excerpt from “On a day like this” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Homestead Review.

Halfway There

Today out of nowhere

the first snow appears,

a fine but dangerous dusting,

just enough to slick the streets

with a perilous glaze . . . .

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