Nancy Byrne Iannucci is the author of Temptation of Wood (Nixes Mate Review 2018). Her poems have appeared in a number of publications including Gargoyle, Ghost City Press, Clementine Unbound, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Dodging the Rain, 8 Poems, Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist), Hobo Camp Review, and Typehouse Literary Magazine. Nancy is a Long Island, NY native who now resides in Troy, NY where she teaches history at the Emma Willard School.
Holly hangs from his entryway at the base of a bare magnolia tree /
it was dry moss this morning / he must have switched it in the squall
/ sneaky shadow / he has yet to thank me for my craftsmanship: scraps
from the yard, jingly junk from the kitchen drawer, sticky battles with
a glue gun / Poortvliet tried to capture him many blooms ago: red hat,
blue coat, and face full of Whitman / my bracelet dangles above his
pebble path / inches to the door/ fingers tap twice the wood / stained
with my black tea / I do hope he answers me / my guide / to the other side
/ if only I could take you with me / where our impish faces shake the
shackles of authority / where we can be children again without judgment.
-for Sandra Lindsay She casts aside her basket feeling powerless to cure the wounds of countless grandmothers consumed. She dare not follow the path into the woods, dead-end trials and felled attempts. the Wolf is never too far behind, big eyes watching between weak branches. She sits patiently under thunder & lightning, blocking out his worn-out howl. words muffle under her mask- I’ll give him something to eat. She rolls up her sleeve & bravely waits for the Wolf’s big teeth.