Piccola Poesie contains a variety of Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and American Sentences that explore human relationships, our relationship with nature, and with everyday objects around us. The poems wheel through the seasons and incorporate observations and commentary in appreciation of everyday life. These short, easily digestible poems permit the reader to find answers to important questions like, ‘What’s up with cats, anyhow?’ and why winter causes poets to rush outdoors to witness the season. Like macarons, the reader can enjoy these poems as daily treats, or they can be gobbled down by the handful.
100 small-bite poems for a fast-moving world.
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Praise for Piccola Poesie
Judge’s Commentary on Piccola Poesie from the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
I love this cover design! It is perfect for the contents of the collection, indicates the short-form variety quite well, and is well made. I think it also reflects the vibe of the poems inside while drawing readers in. The collection is well formatted, with consistent structure and clear easy to read text. I appreciated and was impressed that throughout this collection there is a variety of feeling, emotion, topics, and moments expressed and all through such short tight bites of poetry. That’s not easy to do! I really liked p. 93, which made me hungry and also had me remembering moments where I had prepared food for myself and others I cared about. The humor in p.85 lamenting age and changing bodies and pointing at the passage of time by going to the gym, cracked me up and made me think. There’s a great talent here and I’d love to see what could be done with more slightly lengthier spaces. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this collection is how relatable these poems are, and, while short, they manage to create something readers can view through their own perspective and in that way find common ground together. It’s delightful.
Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Chapbooks looking for homes:
Astronomy Lessons – Astronomy Lessons looks to the stars to explain what it means to be human. These poems explore the poet’s search for a foundation as she moves from doubts about her place in the world to finding her cosmology. The quest for understanding begins with her own creation myth—the closely held truths and fictions common to us all.
The Family Rate – The Family Rate is a multifaceted story of all the ways families can make us—or break us. Told through one woman’s life, it ponders the good and bad of childhood and parents before moving into adulthood and a shaky marriage. The mystery of her own children, parental deaths, divorce, and a growing realization of how relationships work forces her to confront hidden fears. She learns to give her heart to another, for real this time, as she becomes at peace with her past.
Prayer Gardening – A collaboration by poets Constance Brewer and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson
“Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction.” C.S. Lewis
We think that approach works well for poetry collections. That’s why we hope you’ll find our collaborative work, Prayer Gardening, a compelling read.
Who are we? We are two colleagues who have worked together for a decade, first as staff on the poetry site Every Day Poets and for the past five years as co-editors of our own contemporary poetry journal Gyroscope Review. Curating the work of other writers didn’t satisfy our desire for making creative work but since we work so well together we decided to collaborate on poems of our own. We knew we had similarities in childhoods and the exploration of our relationships with nature and loved ones. While our approaches to the work differ, our reflections on the subject matter mesh. This collection is the result.