WCW – Amy Barone

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7 p.m.

Williams Center for the Arts
One Williams Plaza, Rutherford NJ

Plus the words of William Carlos Williams
and open readings from the floor


Amy Barone’s new chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, is from Finishing Line Press, which recognized her as a finalist in the annual New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition. Her poetry has appeared in Gradiva, Impolite Conversation (UK), Paterson Literary Review, and Philadelphia Poets. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Foothills Publishing released her first chapbook, Views from the Driveway. A PEN America Center member, she also belongs to the Brevitas online poetry community.

Current Names

In Italy they name the wind,
the one force of nature people there fear the most.

Spiffero is the dreaded draft.
Venticello and brezza mean gentle breeze;
Scirocco, hot Southern winds that blow in from Africa.

The dry, frigid Bora hits the northeastern city of Trieste,
a seaside wonder where natives eat pasta and goulash.

When I lived in Milan,
I shunned the cultural aversion to the wind.
The land-locked city needed dusting,

something to carry away the gray,
a balm that only Mother Nature’s respiro—breath—can bring.

Contact: John Barrale – john.barrale@gmail.com

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