Strong Bread

Strong Bread

by Giovanna Riccio

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ISBN-13: 9781926802350
Publisher: Quattro Books
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Series: Poetry
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 775 KB

About the Author

Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, includingA Verse Map of Vancouver and radiant danse uv being. In 2009, Lipstick Press published A: Amelia Poems, a limited edition chapbook about Amelia Earhart. Shrinking Violetsis her first novella and co-winner of the 2011 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest.

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Mondays in Hell

Talk about smoldering,
the nun compressed and cool
in her de rigueur habit, face
?ushed from Sunday fever.

Heat, radiant in open palms
sparking through ?ngers extended
towards us. Hell ?re ?ickering
at our low-grade fear
at temptation fueled by the weekend’s
?eshy pop stars and trashy movies,
hormones bumping against
dressed-up lies and unclean
soul-charring touch.

Sister Noel crackling
into spontaneous combustion, Christ
inciting her ?re tongue
as she, ?ushed with desire for only
Him, weaves between desks,

Dante branding the air
the Inferno’s low-bottom hiss
of spirits banished into eternal exile
from God’s love. Oh Jesus, deliver
these fools from their carnal ends.

And we, pleated skirts hiked high
despite demerits, hearts ?aring over
the face of our latest crush. More
than one of us had lost her bra in charged
afternoons playing hooky with bad-boys
who hadn’t even begun their ascent
over Satan. With puppy love’s lava thrill
girding our loins we weren’t budging,

God’s love? Yes!
We wanted it.

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