I come from tantum ergo and holy mary mother of god and bless me father and long black robes I almost wore with the heavy cincture the wooden beads the deep pockets and those blue uniforms with white collars and cuffs we basted on each night after washing and ironing until I got smart and used snaps I'm from parents who never should have married who wanted me to be a boy and had no girl's name chosen parents who raged in the 50s ranch house my father built his American Dream I was not his American Dream I asked too many questions and I'm from all those questions and some of the answers many of which keep changing and morphing into more questions and I'm from the hold of a ship coming from Italy all the women screaming and praying my father and his sister Rose drinking wine from...
Where I Come From
Sharon Charde has seven published poetry collections, taught delinquent girls poetry for 16 years, and wrote a memoir about that work, I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent (Mango Publishing, 2020). She has received many awards for her poetry, seven Pushcart nominations, and numerous fellowships, among them Yaddo, Ucross, and MacDowell. She wishes her name were Lucia LaMontagna, after her father's mother.
Sharon Charde; Where I Come From. Italian Americana 1 February 2022; XL (1): 44. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/2327753X.40.1.11
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