'Shards of a Life', comes to Life
By: Philip Kampe - Jun 06, 2015
Some people make it look so easy.
Take, for example, author and publisher of Berkshire Fine Arts, Charles Giuliano.
In front of a standing room audience at the Mount, Edith Wharton's home, Mr. Giuliano romanced the audience with his wit, honesty and professional storytelling skills, while painting a picture of his sure to be a hit, first poetry book, 'Shards of a Life'.
Charles shared moments and snapshots of his life through his poetry. The poetry is the door that opens Charles Giuliano's world to the reader. Friends of Charles's college days at Brandeis confirmed that truth lies in his poetry, as they were with him before his "Gonzo" days, a term that Mr. Giuliano coined in 1970.
Shards of a Life (169 pages) captures visual images through both photography and language. Mr. Giuliano brings those images to life when he takes to the stage. His quick, short, often humorous poems dance to the beat of a different drummer when Charles is in front of an audience. He shares his life experience through his poetry, which is a candid snapshot of his memories.
Shards of a Life is divided into sections, each address a portion of his life: family, youth, music, omnibus and seasons.
He is one of six children born into a family of medical doctors. His father is from Sicily, his mother from Ireland.
Charles describes his parents as a mixed marriage of professionals.
During the War
Dad had a plan to survive
In the event of a bombing
In the basement
Dark scary room
Clutter of dusty stuff
Cases of canned tomato and paste
Gallons of olive oil
Feeding the family
Into the 1950's
Go get me a can of this or that
Lasted until the 1960's
Beatles on Ed Sullivan
No urgent need for
Get the picture....his words....his language....create a visual image of what Charles Giuliano feels, as he documents his life through poetry.
Add the dimension of Mr. Giuliano reciting his poetry and you are a believer in each word that is spoken from his mouth. Like Grandma Moses, life's calling can come at any age.
And Mr.Giuliano's calling is now......
Mom rode the ambulance
Slept in uniform
Minutes to ring the bell
Off to emergencies
Drowning on the beach
Junky needing a fix
Mom gave him a taste
Hour later called back
Hey Doc ask him what's his dose
Give it to him
Or we'll be back and forth all night
He knew more than she did
They madeA great team
"Shards of a Life" is available through Amazon ($14.99)