Ruggieri’s poems create a landscape in which girls practice becoming women. . . . a world of spit curls and plucked eyebrows and twirling skirts, a world of dreams and disappointments, of chasing boys and being chased. The universality of the adolescent experience is rendered in these insightful poems with grace, ease and understanding. What a pleasure to read this book …
Francine Sterle, Amazon.com
. . . .how perfectly you’ve seized a time in our collective history, and in so many individual baby-boomer histories in the small towns of America . . . . These are really quite wonderful poems. I recognize every person here, and every kind of evening and car and street and fields, and I know those boys, and have been the girl who threads through so many of the poems as persona. I didn’t think I could be caused to remember her so well. I have always admired the ability to evoke the past that pungently, and you do it, you do and do.
Diana Hume George
.There are any number of poems in this book that deserve to be in an anthology . . . but if I had to pick one, it would be “Carrie Myers – Balloonist.” In beautifully written, unsparing terms, Ruggieri tells the saga of a balloonist who fell to her death in Olean, NY in 1907, and whose body was never claimed. The poem is both strongly feminist and heroic. And aren’t the last words, a clear example of this author’s own daring, probing talent and lifelong commitment to poetry?