Cantata of the Broken Mile

Cantata of the Broken Mile

by Richard Pernice


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500767471
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Richard Pernice was born in Chicago, Illinois. He spent his later childhood and most of his adult life living in the suburbs that surround the Windy City. Pernice began writing at the age of ten, inspired by "Jaws" author Peter Benchley. According to one family member, his first story was about a talking shark. By the age of fourteen Pernice had written and illustrated dozens of short stories and poems.
By his high school years, Pernice had become completely dedicated to his other true love: music. It was during this period as a full-time musician, that he temporarily set aside his love of prose and poem - although not entirely, and focused almost exclusively on writing and composing music. Between performing live with his band and studio recordings, Pernice did manage to pen a handful of short stories and a number of poems. Then during a rather "dark period" - as he describes the times, Pernice completely halted all of his artistic endeavors for nearly four years as the 1990's drew to a close.
Pernice began writing once again in his 30's and by 2003 he had penned a number of short stories, poems and a novella. Encouraged by his best friend, Pernice submitted his novella (see Snowstorms and Androgyne) to an independent press. Within a year, Snowstorms and Androgyne became an underground bestseller with a dedicated cult following. The book was released as a raw, stripped-down and virtually unedited bio of Pernice, told through his alter ego Michael Tonelli. By 2013 Pernice had written two novels - The Four Kings and Salami, Sex and Swiss Cheese, as well as his latest novella - The Tortilla Factory.
Pernice has just completed a ten-year anniversary edition of Snowstorms and Angrogyne which includes 80 additional pages and is set for release in January of 2014. Pernice currently lives in Chicago and Dallas.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cantata of the Broken Mile is a beautiful collection of deeply honest, raw, raunchy and hilarious poems written by Richard Pernice. Many of the works are downright sad but so incredibly insightful. Still other poems are filled with hope and a passion for better times. Pernice has an interesting combination of a gentle and often naive heart as well as an obvious angry and rebellious attitude and these character traits shine through each and every page. I don't imagine he's going to win too many fans in the academic world but this seems to be precisely what he wants. The bottom line here is that Pernice is a fantastic poet. He is original and passionate. Cantata  is short but reads so beautifully that you will probably read through the poems two or three times. So of the poems require more than one read through because there's a lot of depth and poetic treasure to be unearthed here!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many beautiful poems in Cantata. I especially liked the darker more somber pieces such as "Saturday" "Freshly Stale" and "Hearts". It's nice to see a writer who obviously writes from the heart and does not stick to any set genre or life experience. This book has a little bit of everything in it and I think most fans of heartfelt poetry will definitely enjoy these poems as well!