This is one of my poems published in ‘Exaltation in Cadmium Red’. I dedicate it to the children of Newtown, Connecticut, may you each rest in peace and I will listen for you.
where the dead children live. It is my duty to visit them
with poetry and gifts—doves for purity, jam for sweetness,
drums to dissipate, dream away demons. Shoes to stomp out
lonely feelings, red paint to swell their senses. Marbles for each
child to see our world, so they may visit whenever they choose.
from Exaltation in Cadmium Red, Guernica Editions, 2012. Sonia Di Placido