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Hard Candy / Pitch Roll Yaw

Hard Candy / Pitch Roll Yaw

By Annie Rachele Lanzillotto

Hard Candy / Pitch Roll Yaw is a flip book of two poetry collections facing each other. It reads like a bare knuckle punch from beyond the grave. Hard Candy: Caregiving, Mourning, and Stage Light offers poems and prose on the eternal relationship of the poet and her mother. Pitch Roll Yaw is fourteen stations each beginning with a See, Saw poem -- Lanzillotto's one liners balanced by a fulcrum: comma, caesura, spondee, dash, or backslash, with quick shifts in weight and changes in meaning. Each station is unified by theme or form.


Guernica World Editions (World Poetry)


400 pages |

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A mother's life caring for her daughter. A daughter's life caring for her mother. In Hard Candy: caregiving, mourning, and stage light, cancer survivor Annie Lanzillotto gives the performance of her life - for her life and her dying mother's. She stages a drum-beating sit-in at the hospital and refuses to leave without the medication she needs to breathe. She screams operatic on the phone demanding oxygen equipment so her mother can breathe. The bureaucratic debacle of our health care system chronicled in this memoir will take your breath away, but not Annie's. Every inhale, every exhale. For motherdaughter. For daughtermother.

Paola Corso, author of The Laundress Catches Her Breath, winner of the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing

A full-on joy to read.

Celeste Guzmán Mendoza

Hope amidst illness, lust, abandoned love, and an unsolvable longing for a lost and gritty New York.

Steve Zeitlin

Pitch Roll Yaw is rich soul raw. Prepare for liftoff!

Urayoán Noel

The[se] poems explode across the page.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

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About the author

Bronx born and raised, Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is the author of Lambda Literary Award finalist L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir, and Schistsong. A singer/songwriter, her albums include: Swampjuice: Yankee with a Southern Peasant Soul, Blue Pill, Carry My Coffee, and Never Argue With a Jackass.