Cartwheel to the Moon by Emanuel di Pasquale
My Sicilian Childhood

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In Cartwheel to the Moon, Emanuel di Pasquale takes us to Sicily, the Mediterranean island where he was born. His beautiful, lyrical, sensitive poems recall the smell of the fig trees, the sound of the fountains, the beauty of the old villages surrounded by mountains. As X. J. Kennedy says in his foreword, "These are poems that seem to reach out and grasp real things. Di Pasquale weaves words into music that stays with you."
Di Pasquale has long been a favorite poets of children and anthologists, and now readers have a chance to see his works collected in a book of his own. His poems have been included in several anthologies, including Knock At a Star,X.J.Kenndy, ed and Call Down the Moon, Myra Cohm Livingston, ed.
 

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Emanuel di Pasquale has lived in New Jersey since 1968 and teaches at Middlesex County College. His books of poems include Genesis (BOA Editions Limited, 1989) and The Silver Lake Love Poems (Bordighera, 2000). He was awarded The Bordighera Poetry Prize in 1998, The Academy of American Poets' Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship in 2000, and the Chelsea Award for Poetry in 2002. He is currently the poetry editor of the literary journal Chelsea and lives in Long Branch, along the ocean, with his younger daughter, Elisabeth Raffaela. Carus is the founder and editor in chief of the Cricket Magazine Group. Widely anthologized, Kennedy's poetry may not be as influential among contemporary poets as others' because of his preference for, in his words, "old-fangled structures most poets have junked these days." As Kennedy's comments on his verse suggest, his poetry is witty, concise, and unpretentious. His subject matter is drawn from the everyday including his Catholic background and middle-class suburban life. Yet his concerns can be profound including death, violence, suicide, and Genesis. K. Dyble Thompson lives in Milwaukee.
 
Published March 1, 2003 by Cricket Books. 64 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In spring, the boy narrator says his grandmother told him, “The sun has a tail / that reaches under the earth / and tickles seeds.” The moon rests on the treetops “like a loose sunflower.” The boy and his mother make pipes out of splitting a stem and placing a rosebud upright in the cleft.

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