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Toti O’Brien


Toti O’Brien is the Italian Accordionist with the Irish Last Name. She was born in Rome then moved to Los Angeles, where she makes a living as a self-employed artist, performing musician and professional dancer. Her work has most recently appeared in Lotus-eaters, Altadena Poetry Review, Arkana, and Ragazine.

Roman Dawn

Rows of pines
lace the horizon
like unbuttoned eyelets.
A festooning of green

capped in grey
rimmed by slivers of pink
like skin showing
between dress and glove.

Orange rust
of terraces and tiles
floats within ocher seas
of platanus leaves

fogged by mystery, hushed
in secretly whispered spells.
Church bells
are silent still.
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