Old friend, its brittle pages drift, like Dante,
through the purgatories of language,
or like Beatrice, who, from her cloud of love,
opens the gate of paradise, la porta del paradiso.
–Excerpt from “Bilingual Dictionary” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in nebu[lab].
. . . Somewhere else people are dying,
but here, the living are lifted
into the morrow, turning down
their beds as lights go on all over
the city where Dante dreamed
of Beatrice on his way to Paradise.
–Excerpt from “April in Florence” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago 2016). First published in Summerset Review.