The poems in Danielle Pieratti's Fugitives are punctuated by avoidance, disguise, and sheltering of all kinds—escapes both from and to. They combine the magical and the mundane, shifting between dreams and the domestic, while exploring the nebulous 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.'
About the Author
Danielle Pieratti is the author of By the Dogstar, the 2005 winner of the Edda Chapbook Competition for Women, and The Post, the Cage, the Palisade. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, and the University at Albany, and has taught college literature and creative writing prior to her current position as a high school English teacher. A 2014 Aetna Fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project, she also runs a writing workshop series for teachers at the University of Connecticut. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, five-year-old son, Luke, and new baby, Alice.
"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
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