Today's poem is "Pinocchio's Elegy for the Unreal"
from The Rub

Elixir Press

Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis teaches at Columbus College of Art and Design and serves as faculty advisor to Botticelli Literary/Art Magazine. Her collaborative chapbook: By Some Miracle, a Year Lousy with Meteors, written with Cynthia Arrieu-King, won the Dreamhorse Press Prize and was published in 2013, and another, Aloha, Vaudeville Doll was published in 2014 by Dancing Girl Press. Her previous collection, Intaglio, winner of the Wick Poetry Prize, was published in 2006 by Kent State University Press.

Other poems by Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis in Verse Daily:
April 28, 2007:   "For Six Seconds" " you won't wander into the room where I keep you..."

Books by Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis:

Other poems on the web by Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis:
Eight poems
Three poems
Two poems
"Vanishing Armenia"
"Freshwater Wish"
"Tin Pan Alley"
"PrettyKitty Postcard"

About The Rub:

"'At night when the trees are mascara / sketches against the weeping sky. / I fingerpaint on a rented wall,' Sophia Kartsonis says in one poem, revealing in a few lines the crucial concerns in this wonderful book: myths balanced against truths, fairytales and biblical references that illuminate the present, surfaces that are bright or dark revealing the opposite underneath, all counterpointed between the cosmic sky and the everyday rented wall. In one poem she can put herself in Sleeping Beauty's room, shift in the next poem to Ophelia, then to an elaboration of the dish and spoon nursery rhyme. What all this reveals is a sharp intelligence and wondrous imagination that expresses itself as a love for the world this poet operates in, and the mythic contexts assure it is 'the way one loves a firefly, / a star, any sparkle in a night sky. / Tenderly, and from a great distance,' which is to say the distance of a master poet."
—Richard Jackson

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