1908 in Newark, New Jersey
Carmela’s ten children’s names
restored Sala Consilina, a paese embracing a mountain.
Her voice shuffled from giving birth,
Carmela named her second daughter after her mother:
The literate midwife
scripted the letters to her own mother’s name:
Carmela dreamed in italiano,
never wrote her mother a letter
on lightweight, blue-tinted paper
without paying someone word by word.