Birds and Arrows
poems by Anthony Labriola
Birds and Arrows is a poetry collection centering on the spirituality of desire. As verbal designs, these poems reflect the shape and movement of birds and arrows in flight. Each sequence in counterpoint traces the arc of a journey, a quest with joys and sorrows, a sense of delight, and feelings of grief. The quester is an archer contending with the mystifying forces of life and love. Faced with the bewildering and mysterious aspects of the world, the archer yearns for the visible and the divine. The road leads to an apprehension of a love greater than the one once imagined. The archer yearns for the perfect arrow that will hit the target of understanding. The seeker longs to find the self-surrendering of love as a way forward in the world. The mystic archer is wounded in battle in the face of life's dangers, but still strives for mystical experiences in the real world. The poems in Birds and Arrows aim at such a target in the belief that the quest is real and true. Voices fly past, like arrows and birds in flight, and the reader senses their whirring sound, their call and cry.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-947067-11-0 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Anthony Labriola’s work has appeared in The Canadian Forum, PRISM international, Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, Stone Voices, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Passion: Poetry, ZIN Daily (Bells & Pomegranates), and Strange Fictions (Vagabondage Press). His poetry collections include The Rigged Universe (Shanti Arts Publishing), Sun Dogs (Battered Suitcase Press), Invisible Mending (Anaphora Literary Press), and The Blessing of the Bikes & Other Life-Cycles (Anaphora Literary Press). His published prose works include Devouring the Artist, The Pros & Cons of Dragon-Slaying, Poor Love & Other Stories, The Lonely Barber, An Englishman in Italian, and The Dandelion Clock (Anaphora Literary Press). A collection of short fiction, The Japanese Waltzing Mouse & Other Tales, was published by Cranberry Tree Press in 2016. He lives with his family in Toronto, Canada.
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