Deborah DeNicola

Cindy Seip

Deborah DeNicola is a poet, essayist, and editor. She is the author of a previous collection, Original Human, and a spiritual memoir, The Future That Brought Her Here: Memoir of a Call to Awaken. Her poems and reviews have been published in many anthologies and journals, such as North American Review, The Antioch Review, Fiction International, Nimrod International Journal, The Journal, Boston Book Review, and Orion. In The Impossible: Poems (Kelsay Books) “her poems … are prayers and incantations of myth, love, desire and transcendental euphoria,” notes poet Leslie Ullman. The centerpiece of the collection is a 21-part poem about her father, a chief of surgery, and his death by overdose. DeNicola, “explores landscapes of her own passion, her mother’s decline, and her father’s death and imagined afterlife through the eyes of a true visionary,” writes Ullman. “These poems, extraordinary in their hard-earned wisdom, transform the personal into something beyond universal.”