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.
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.
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Tagged airplane travel, Calabria, Europe, Italian ancestry, Italian heritage, lake michigan, Southern Italy, transatlantic, travel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.