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In Memory of a Banyan Tree: Poems of the Outside World: 1985 to 2022
Three Wooden Trunks
The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems
  Danielle Pieratti

ISBN 978-0-9908193-7-0     $18      5.5 x 8.5"       

64 pp      
PUB DATE: March 2016       Poetry


 Winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2015


Punctuated by avoidance, disguise, sheltering, and escape, the poems in Fugitives combine the magical and the mundane, shifting between dreams and domestic life while exploring the murky confines of marriage, motherhood, and girlhood. Ultimately they learn a kind of tentative security in a “strange, unyielding,” and deserved present, one in which “You are / safer than you thought. / You are almost / sleeping. And your body / is shaped like cloth and sounds / like a century.”

 Danielle Pieratti’s nuanced meditations create a world of inner and outer landscapes, inextricably bound. Her poems suffuse the ordinary—hay and mud and ice, horses and orchards, childhood and womanhood and parenthood—with a sensibility both acute and tender. I love the mood of this collection, its music and clarities and mysteries. Savor it slowly. “For the moment, nothing that is here / flies away.”

—Kim Addonizio

About the Author

Danielle Pieratti

Danielle Pieratti holds an MFA from Columbia University. She received The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Connors Prize for her collection of “Ginger” poems in 2004. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Barn Owl Review, Rhino, and other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks: By the Dogstar, the 2005 winner of the Edda Chapbook Competition for Women, and The Post, the Cage, the Palisade, published by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. She currently teaches English in Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and two young children. Fugitives is her first full-length collection.



Freely about you, the felt flanks of ponies
nosing for apples in fall snow. Low stakes
for boys who throw rocks on dry roads.

Tunnels lived-in, really; mining fierce
trinkets in absolute crawl. Days full as kites,
you bike the dam hands-free.

Or, hands pine-nut-brown, run watercolor
wild. Brother George back from Berlin
with pieces of wall—one for each child.

—Danielle Pieratti