by Lesa Caldarella
In Desert of this Beauty, Lesa Caldarella explores her interior and we are graced with the treasures she finds there. Her poems are bloody and heart-crushing, rich with dark tones and piercing details, but tinged with a humor and playfulness that is refreshing throughout. Some of her themes are as grand as regret and redemption, but Caldarella’s striking sensory images and creativity of form gives everything a fresh perspective. I was alternately surprised and inspired. Many of her lines are still affecting me.
Caldarella reminds us that there is beauty to be found in seemingly barren places, and great truths to be discovered in the space of a single second. As she writes, “In the marrow of this moment…is my happiness.” In her wonderful poems is our peace, our salvation.
About the author
Lesa Caldarella, is the author of two volumes of poetry, including Desert of this Beauty. She grew up in an Italian-Irish-Catholic family with five sisters and worked for humanitarian organizations for more than 30 years. She lives in Northern California with her husband and they share a culturally-diverse-blended-family. Lesa enjoys travel, cooking for friends and family, the wine country, hummingbirds, and spending time with her four grand-children.