Readings!

Donna Pucciani will read from her chapbook, GHOST GARDEN, on Sunday night, April 15, 2018, at Waterline Writers in Batavia, Illinois. Donna will join writers John Arends, David Berner, Christopher Kuhl, and Frank Rutledge. The reading begins at 7 pm, and from 8:30-9 pm, an open mic is scheduled. Books will be available for purchase, as well as wine and other refreshments from local vendors. For further info and admission prices, view the website at http://www.waterlinewriters.org.

Pucciani will also read from her most recent full-length collection of poems, EDGES,  at First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, Illinois, on Thursday May 17, 2018.

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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.

The Loaf

My cousins in Italy

serve this bread for breakfast.

A festival of small white cups

holds the prelude . . .

–excerpt from “The Loaf” in Ghost Garden by Donna Pucciani. First published in Cold Mountain Review.