Pietrzykowski – Kindness is Never Small

Kindness is Never Small
poems by Marc Pietrzykowski

Print: $10. 80 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-0692403990 ISBN-10: 069240399X
Official Book Launch May 16, 2015

What to do, what to do? Read poems, of course. The collection you are holding is a mix of sonnetry and sarcasm, humor and nihilism, and saints that everyone forgot about, not that anyone pays much attention to saints anymore. There is, however, a very good chance of this: folks who read it, will like it.

From the Alley We Listen to Boot Heels on Cobblestone

On Saturday night we evade the cops
and head for the tinkle of ankle bells,
blood in our eyes, bullets in our pockets,
singing the song where all boot licking stops.

On hills quiet as a cluster of nuns
the yew trees are matted with crows that dream
they’re spears of lightning come down from heaven
to damn the night sky for all that she’s done,
and all that she’s done, from here to the sea,
is mark all her children, with darkness, with spite.

On Saturday night, we bless every song
because all songs are hope, no matter how bleak.
Come Sunday, the nuns wake and wiggle their toes
and throw bread on the rooftop for the crows.