Read The Tsar's Dwarf (Hawthorne Books)

Read The Tsar's Dwarf (Hawthorne Books)
"A curious and wonderful work of great human value by a Danish master." Sebastian Barry, Man Booker finalist (Click on the picture to go to the book's Amazon page)

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Angel Gift (A Poem From My New Uplifting Poetry Collection 'My Crimes of Gelato')




ANGEL GIFT

Sometimes the veil
between here and now
is so thin
that angels descend
in the morning sun
carrying gifts

Mountains
save lives
in majestic twilight

Lakes
carry thoughts
with lucid laughter

Meadows
dance into you
if only you let them

And for a second
our hearts become part
of the universal chest








'My Crimes of Gelato' is uplifting, spiritual, and humorous poetry for a world in crisis. Now available on Amazon in Kindle, E-book, and paperback.  


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Monday, March 23, 2020

An Homage to Veneto and Italy In These Troubled Times



Ever since the first time I walked into Piazza San Marco as a wide-eyed eleven year old, I've felt that Venice was a home away from home. There is no place in the world that fills me with more emotion than Veneto and Italy. I get a strange sense of belonging, of familiarity that definitely has to do with reincarnation, with lives in Venezia, Vicenza, and the area around Bassano and Marostica. But no matter whether this is true or not, it hurts my heart to follow the grim news coming out of one of the greatest countries in the world.

Italy saved my life in the Nineties when I suffered from depression. The Italian language became my sound healing and the clouds lifted every time I went to language school in Feltre, Lucca, and Perugia or were writing on my novels in Trastevere or on the Amalfi coast. 


So this is a small photo and love letter to my beloved Italy during this difficult pandemic - to the fun loving Italians, to Vicenza, Francisco d'Assisi, Lecco, Zucchero, Vernazza, Atrani, Taormina, Monica Bellucci, Lago di Como, Aosta, Andrea Pirlo, Belluno, Feltre, Bassano del Grappa, Luigi Malerba, Fiat 500, Campo dei Fiori, penne arrabbiata, Gomorra, Canaletto, Paolo Sorrentino, Ravello, Marostica, Santa Caterina da Siena, Gazzetta dello Sport, Carpaccio, Urbino e un tramezzino al tonno in Piazza San Michele a Lucca alle 11.22.



Thanks for all you've given the world, Italy. GET WELL SOON!




Photos: Venice, Bassano del Grappa, Venice, Marostica.