Ann M. DeVenezia
When they ask where she went to school
tell them she sat at the feet of the Dean
counting window panes in their frames
Tell them she was deaf to all voices
except what He said in her ear
an ocean crashing on the shore
He whispered in peace
shouted during war
his message always clear.
Dr. Ann M. DeVenezia turned to writing poetry, following her retirement from teaching high school English. Since then, she has published three collections: Grave Rubbings, Riding My Tricycle, and Telling Abuse. Her work appears in numerous publications, including Asphodel, Italian Americana, Louisiana Literature, Paterson Literary Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, Red River Review, and Word Place. She and her husband Richard reside in northern New Jersey.