Verbal Silences

Duck Lake Books presents

Verbal Silences

poetry by

Ann Calandro

Book Release Date
January 15, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-943900-20-6

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Verbal Silences is a 70 page volume of poetry which artistically expresses ideas and emotions which lie beyond language. These are moments with the silent chill of winter and the comfort of hot coffee, moments spoken between family, friends and lovers with a glance across the table, the creaking of old bone, the clicking of knitting needles, or the gift of a rose. In these silences, Ann Calandro gives voice to the artistic relationship between the mystical and physical realms of humanity—this is how nature speaks to the artist.

Ann Calandro uses Verbal Silences to explore the unspoken way we communicate with each other, with nature, with ourselves. There is painful silence, joyful silence, and times when silence communicates more strongly than words, like the gift of a rose. Calandro begins and lingers in the silence of winter.

But through this bitter winter I still hope
For warmth, for a small
Jagged burst of green, for mercy…

In these winter scenes where even sound wears gloves, we find comfort in warming hands around a hot blue coffee mug, we ache in the silence of the uncompleted kiss, and we communicate beyond words with cracking knuckles, burps, creaking bones, the simple act of living. And finally, in the last poem, Calandro finds that “burst of green” she had hoped for in her own poetic voice.

No matter what dreams hold us
By the throat, we awaken
With stories in our fingers,
To plant our voice.

About the Poet:

Ann Calandro grew up in New York City and attended The Bronx High School of Science. She received an A.B. in English from Colgate University and an A.M. in English from Washington University St. Louis, where she received permission to do the creative-thesis option through independent study with poet Donald Finkel. Her poems and short stories have been published in several literary journals and anthologies. She has written three and illustrated  four children’s books, and her mixed media collages and photographs have been exhibited and published.

Calandro worked for many years as a medical editor, writer, and proofreader in book and journal publishing, medical communications, and pharmaceutical advertising. Recently retired, she continues to write poetry and short stories from time to time but currently concentrates more on studying classical piano and creating artwork.  

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