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Poem of the Month

Ancient Eagle Press

Each month Ancient Eagle Press offers a poem appropriate to the season or the mood of our editorial staff.   Poems may be new or drawn from existing AEP editions.


Tuscan summer
The taste of your kiss lingers
Only in my mind

Perfect parallel
Touch and go.  Life changed always
My Siena dream 

Silence speaks
A language of its own
Eloquent and spare


July 2017

On a hot, humid summer afternoon, what better place to be than enjoying cool breezes off the Mediterranean?  Having spent a few enjoyable though sweltering days in Rome and Florence, I am now winding down in the slower pace and cooler clime of the Cinque Terre.  These five picturesque Ligurian towns share outward characteristics, yet they relish their isolation and indendence.  Sitting on Italy‚Äôs northwest coast, they have fought man and nature to hold on to their rocky hillsides.  Over the years they have terraced their way from the tops of the hills where they sought safety from pirates, all the way to the shore where they share their wine, olice oil and seafood with tourists from around the world. 

Between Florence and La Spezia was a stop in Siena.  It has been many years since my last visit to that beautiful city, and it brought back vivid and haunting impressions that I share with you in a short poem from The Ant Farm: your July Poem of the Month, Siena.


  June 2017 -- Loyal, Straight, and True

  May 2017 --  A Thousand Flowers

  April 2017 -- Oboe Rap

  March 2017 - March Madness

  February 2017 -- The Cost of Doing Business

  January 2017 -- Reflection at a Winter Window

  December 2016 -- The Creation

  November 2016 -- Hemolymph Moon

  October 2016 -- Vortex

  September 2016 -- Do You?

  August 2016 -- Sailing
  July 2016 --  Mulberries
  June 2016 -- Off Tucker Point
  May 2016 -- Unforgettable
  April 2016 -- At Night She Cries