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('s) featured writer:
Rosemary Cappello -- poet and artist
more poems by Rosemary
ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS NOT TAKEN
AT MARY AND JEANNIE'S
In the bedroom, yellow
daisies on the dresser
In the garden, we
three harmoniously singing
Sitting in the garden
over brunch of a Sunday,
Malaga, Lucy, Orianne,
Mary, Jeannie, and me
at the leash, Chester and
The banquet Karen
cooked, table overflowing with
Here are several
of Bug, the calico of beautiful colors,
More of Bug, looking
from me to Mary, Mary to me,
In the shade of the
pear tree, Mary and me, planting
In full sun, trimming
the honeysuckle which was blighted
Every birthday, my
mother would give me $5.00. That was her stock birthday gift to all her
She made no comment,
just kept on giving the $5 birthday gift.
poems and painting by Rosemary Cappello
and her daughter Mary Cappello
Rosemary is the editor and publisher of Philadelphia Poets and her poetry appears in the current issueof Iconoclast, and also in Avanti Popolo: Italian American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus, edited by Tommi Avicolli Mecca and James Tracy.
Rosemary Petracca Cappello started out as a letter writer; letters evolved into essays, and essays into poems. Her poems have been published in numerous journals, from The Anthology of Women Writing to Voices in Italian Americana. She has been a featured reader at just about anywhere that poets congregate, from the Alpha Delta Kappa, Gamma Chapter Annual Tea, to Zone One Gallery. A poet, writer, reviewer, editor, workshop leader, and performer, she developed, in connection with the Manayunk Art Center's annual Edgar Allan Poe readings, two presentations: an impersonation of Sara Helen Whitman, Poe's fiancée who shared his fascination with mesmerism, and Lizzie Doten, a spiritualist who was visited by Poe after his death.
Cappello has published several chapbooks of her own poetry. As editor of the works of others, she has published the following collections: Philadelphia Poets: One Year of Poetry - 1980-1981; Philadelphia Poets Second Year - 1981-1982; and two collections of poetry by students from the University of Rochester, Spring Poets '89 and Spring Poets '90. Currently, Cappello continues to edit and publish Philadelphia Poets and to organize readings regularly featuring poets whose works appear there.
A 1983 graduate of Widener University, summa cum laude, she won the following awards while a student: Nearing Prize in Literature, PA Association for Adults in Higher Education Outstanding Student Award, Citations from PA House of Representatives and Congress for literary achievements, Elected to Who's Who in American Universities, Newcombe and Hannum scholarships, and Widener's Prose and Poetry Awards.
Cappello is the mother
of three, Joseph, Anthony, and Mary, and grandmother of two, Joey and