University of Pittsburgh



Written by J. D. Thrasher

tetherA raging bonfire, leaping velvet, snakes freezing into stone—such imagery surrounds poet Romy Shinn Piccolella (A&S ’00) in her work “Mid-Afternoon Bonfire.” In her book Tether (Pudding House Publications), she reflects on life and the confluence of nature and space, love and death, birth and release. Sometimes graphic, sometimes gentle, this first collection of poems deals with repressed violence, abuse, and the natural world. Here, the poet is surrounded by life yet seems surprisingly isolated.