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Guide dogs, death, and a disturbing dream. Marriage, memories, and intriguing mysteries. Eroticism, abortion, and a wonderfully poetic essay. In this collection of 23 of her short, accessible poems from several decades, Ann Chiappetta explores an enormous range of emotions and topics.
Orbituary mourns the removal of an eye. Verona and In Those Dark Moments are tributes to her beloved guide dog. Appearances offers reflections on adjusting to blindness. Four of the poems deal with the illness and death of others and her enduring grief. Root Cellar is like a miniature horror movie. The Marriage Pot employs a much-used spaghetti pot as a symbol for the vicissitudes of a long marriage. Helium offers a balloon’s view of its surroundings. NoneTheWiser gives us the words of an unconventional little girl.
These poems may variously pierce your heart or warm it, surprise you or amuse you. But they will surely move you and make for lasting memories.
About the Author: Ann Chiappetta holds a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy and currently practices as a readjustment counseling therapist for the department of veterans affairs. She lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband, daughter, and assorted pets. Her poems, articles, and short fiction have appeared in numerous online and print publications.
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- Author Abbie Johnson Taylor
Poet Offers Interesting Prospective
I could relate to the material in this book. It was all straightforward, down to earth, surprising, and heartwarming. Lillian Yves does an excellent job of portraying poetry and prose. This book is definitely a worthwhile listen.
Gets Right to the Heart
This is a short book, so I started the audio recording first thing in the morning while I was putting supper in the slow cooker for my family. I loved the poem about how the author's marriage was a lot like her spaghetti pot. I could really relate to that one. Then things went deeper, and I still related, and by the end--well, we got to cancer, and motherhood, and I had tears on my cheeks. I don't cry easily. But I lost my mom to cancer, and the author just had a way of putting things, which is what poetry is all about. It's a book worth reading.