A Poem a Day for Poetry Month – Snapdragons by Antonia Facciaponte
This week we’re pleased to bring you Antonia Facciaponte’s first book To Make a Bridge. But that’s not all, on Friday at 7pm we will be premiering a video interview as part of our Poet’s Voice Reading Series. Bruce Meyer (Grace of Falling Stars, 2021) kindly sat down with Antonia and spoke with her about the writing and publishing process for her first book.
To Make a Bridge is an operatic collection of poetry about Antonia’s experiences growing up Italian Canadian; featuring themes of food and family. Her poetry is honest, lyric and at times humorous. Available now from fine book retailers near you, or you can order a copy directly from our website.
Nonna Maria’s garden (the mute,
slender one enclosed by grey stone) hugs
the house’s brick, crams a community
of snapdragons. The peeping pink
and brisk white petals curl over themselves,
miraging two lips, a functional jaw
(a closed pouch for buzzing secrets).
As a child, I’d squeeze blooming mouths
open by crushing honeyed heads
between fingering prints, skin sticky
with orange cream-sickle, hoping florals
would flute laurel lines. But the dragons
never spoke. The stories grew choked
in green stalks, truncated in dirt, clinging
to worms beneath a blank sheet of grass.