Tag Archives: heat

Louisiana, Night

Here dusk never cools the air

while rocking the cradle of earth

with the loud lullaby of locusts.

–Excerpt from “Louisiana, Night” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in New Laurel Review.

The Imperfect Subjunctive

. . . The hydrangeas have done well, despite the heat,

but begonias are bowed and sickly among

-assi, -assi, -asse, -assimo, -aste, -assero,

all the s’s covering me in blossom.

–Excerpt from “The Imperfect Subjunctive” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in Gradiva.

Summer’s Lease

The honeyed buzz of locusts

wrings desire from the night’s

dark wanting. Cradled

in summer, too hot to sleep,

they enter the rubbing of wings.

–excerpt from “Summer’s Lease” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag Press, 2014). Also published in Cairn and Briar Cliff Review.

Summer’s Lease

The honeyed buzz of locusts

wrings desire from the night’s

dark wanting. Cradled

in summer, too hot to sleep,

they enter the rubbing of wings.

–excerpt from “Summer’s Lease” in A Light Dusting of Breath by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective/purple flag, 2015). First published in Cairn and Briar Cliff Review.