Category Archives: Poems

Video of Waterline Writers!

Donna Pucciani led the group of five outstanding writers in the regular second Sunday reading of Waterline Writers in Batavia, Illinois. Pucciani read from her recent chapbook, GHOST GARDEN, based on her genealogical adventures in researching her family tree here and in Italy. The video of her reading can be found at waterlinewriters.org/video-library/–just click on April 2018 events and her name. Enjoy!

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Chestnuts from Calabria

We stop for gas and I gather them,

sweet knobs clustered on the roadside.

–excerpt from “Chestnuts from Calabria” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in The Kerf.

Calabria and Back

Where the line of city lights

meets blue Lake Michigan, I return

from the old country . . .

–excerpt from “Calabria and Back” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in Cold Mountain Review.

Carmen and Pasquale at Bergamo Airport

You stand side by side, i miei cugini,

the Italian version of “American Gothic” . . .

–excerpt from “Carmen and Pasquale at Bergamo Airport” from Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani.  First published in The Christian Century.

Nunc Dimittis

When I was young, I traveled to Europe

to find myself. I needed to see

Mona Lisa, ride a cable car . . .

–excerpt from “Nunc Dimittis” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in Iodine Literary Journal.

Shed, Calabria

A light rain taps the corrugated door

where Nonno made his living,

his bodega . . .

–excerpt from Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in Slant.

Making His Rounds

The flame of God

shakes Ernesto from his monastery bed . . . .

–excerpt from “Making His Rounds” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in Christianity and Literature.