Lucci's List: April 2020

National Poetry Month

Lament of Midnight

"Invincible One" by Dan Szczesny is a poetry volume expressing a solo mission that reaches worldwide.

When the author's daughter was an infant, he and his wife brought her on a life-changing journey from New England to Northern India.  

Peppered with prose and personal photographs, the author's adventure is one we all share: one of searching for connection.  Close by and world-wide, the author's words have captured the human longing for family and identity.  

One of my favourite poems, that I think exemplifies the flavour of this book, is "Grace."

"Grace" by Dan Szczesny

India, beautiful madness,

India, harsh, abrupt, relentless,

raw and alive with living,

gorgeous sin, wrapped in tikka, fire, and aluminum.

And she does not care what you think of her.


India scoffs at New York City or Paris,

makes you question everything you think you know.


And in the end, at the edge of your ability

to comprehend your place here, India is a baby and a great-grandmother laughing.