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Donna Pucciani's seventh book of poetry, Edges, explores the boundaries of human experience, the way persons and things overlap, collide, or simply parallel each other. The four sections of the book, named for Shakespearean references, begin with "The Web of Our Life," which explores the personal in such poems of family tragedy as "Billy's Gun" and faith vs. doubt in "Padre Ernesto Peels an Apple," "The Discipline of Gratitude" and "Psalm for Wall Street." The next section, "I Do Wander Everywhere," follows the author's travels through England, Spain and Italy, with insights both geographical and familial, as she connects with cousins and even long-buried ancestors in "Beach Stone," "Leaving Madrid" and "Liverpool Airport." The most adventurous section of the book is entitled "The Language I Have Learn'd," which presents the author's second language, Italian, in all its grammatical complexity and aural beauty, often crossing the border into bilingual territory but never beyond the reader's reach. And as in her other books, Pucciani approaches natural phenomena--crickets, wind, desert, snow, blackbirds, and the "edges" of days and seasons--in the final section, "Where the Bee Sucks," with a combination of the real and surreal that is a trademark of her work. In Edges, Pucciani takes emotional risks and draws new psychological maps. The juxtaposition of diverse subjects and far-flung settings surprises the reader throughout, with the tension between the sensory and the imaginary always hovering on the page.

Author: Donna Pucciani
Publisher: Purple Flag
Published: 12/14/2016
Pages: 134
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.39lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.31d
ISBN: 9780944048757

About the Author
Pucciani, Donna: - Donna Pucciani was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in New Jersey, graduated magna cum laude from Marywood University with a degree in music, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanities from New York University. She taught in secondary schools and colleges in the East and Midwest for several decades. Her poems have been published on four continents, translated into Chinese, Japanese, Italian and German, and nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Poetry on the Lake, Poets and Patrons of Chicago, Waterline Writers, and other organizations. A resident of the Chicago area, she served for many years as Vice President of the Poets' Club of Chicago. Pucciani's books of poetry include The Other Side of Thunder (Flarestack Publications, U.K., 2006); Jumping Off the Train (Orchard House Press, Washington State, 2007); Chasing the Saints (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2008); To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2011); Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2013); and A Light Dusting of Breath (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2014); and Edges (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016).

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