Livorno, Italy

Posted by - July 11, 2016 - Issue No. 16.2


Maybe it was because we’d been traveling in Italy
for two weeks with our three-year old
and had finally gotten the hang of being on vacation
that it came to me in that teensy hill town
while sharing sodas with two Italian motorcyclists
decked out in red and white leather,
surrounded by the glory-be-to-God mountains,
the love of my daughter and husband
coming at me from all sides
that at this moment,
I was standing on top of the world,
oh yes,
I was standing on top of the world.


ABOUT THE WRITER:  Topanga resident Jean Colonomos’ poems have appeared in over 50 publications. Among them are: 13th MoonSlantThe Avron Poetry Competition (edited by Ted Hughes),  S-CurvesInkling, California Quarterly, IrisThird Wednesday, the Topanga Messenger and the West Wind Poetry Review where she received first prize for her verse play, “Carrie.” She is published in The Rockford Review, in the summer and current issue of Askew and online at Ms. Colonomos has taught poetry to second and third graders and she and Ann Buxie have led poetry workshops at the Topanga Library. Ms. Colonomos performs her poetry throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties;  her chapbook, Art Farm, is published by Finishing Line Press.

As a playwright, her last production was “The Third from the Left” at the New York International Fringe Festival. For her play, Black Dawn about the Cambodian genocide, she received a Citation from the City of Los Angeles. Her website is

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