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Selected Poem

How to Pray

Softly at first. Like a peony
drugged in her own concoction of dizzy light,
emitting a steady aroma into the drone
of the late summer bees,
Then with the languor of autumn

leaves, that yawn into yellow, bowing your head
like a dying aster, each erect blue star,
a vibrating tine
finding the OHM of the cosmos
tuned to the blue rain, your voice–

rich as the splashy evening dress
on its stolen hotel hanger,
each lamé eyelid, a haloed shower of gold
and the night in the window,
those velvet folds, ululating chaos.

Then as the skin on the knees winces louder,
you're grappling visibly
with the minted coining of words,
sounding your nouns with their open vowels
propelled by feverish verbs–

And finally, on your feet, at an earthshaking pitch,
shouting the clouds into laurels, webbing
the haunted heavens, priding yourself on the sheer
lusciousness of your raw supplications

for shelter, sustenance, love
no pain-making god in his good mind could resist.

Where Divinity Begins

Where Divinity Begins is clearly poetry written out of necessity. There is nothing trivial here, nothing settled easily. Deborah DeNicola has an uncanny instinct to locate her poems at the heart of our human commerce so that questions asked are always the big questions, and the truths revealed are always the truths that can only be discovered through brave acts of the imagination. Her poems wear these gestures in the form of good, clear writing, and sensuous detail.”
—Bruce Weigl

Where Divinity Begins is stunning—sexy, jazzy, somber, and steeply Gregorian by turns. The poems view the world through an eye that magnifies and transforms like a prism. The voice blooms deep within a woman’s psyche, and speaks of the human soul, its myths, arts, passions and ordinary objects. But most of all the poems sing, and music here becomes thought, prayer, and the food that sustains us, carries us on our journeys.”
—Betsy Sholl

“This first book struggles with issues of isolation, lost love and friendships, desire, hope—in terms that include classical and biblical allusions, painting, history—what we might expect, yes—but also counterpointed against tanning salons, beached whales and a variety of everyday events, for this is a poetry where the everyday is informed by those larger issues, and the larger issues given substance by the everyday. Where Divinity Begins explores the inner life and finds a place where courage, vision and music—the poet’s voice—become essential and lifesaving.”
—Richard Jackson


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