Dona’s Poems

Finally ready! A collaborative effort with Dona’s son, Dean Smith, who is a poet and writer extraodinaire himself, Larry Lowrimore, Dona’s husband, and yours truly.

We’ve been working on it for the last 6 months, and we think it’s terrific! For those of you who have met Dona, it will give you insight to her true self. It’s a part of her that I never knew existed until after she died. It is available in USA on Amazon.com and in Europe at https://www.amazon.it/Vita-Musings-Dona-Carol-Bartoli

What follows is the first part of the Dedication of the book, written by her son, Dean. It’s just a teaser. Buy the book and get the rest! All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to cancer research.

As she lay dying, my mother told me a story that I’d never heard before. She’d spent parts of summers at the Wee Green, a restaurant for the farmers and working types in western Pennsylvania established by her Neapolitan grandparents Pietro and Filomena (Elizabeth) Ciampi. During prohibition, it was a speakeasy. Dona would play outside by herself, inventing games on the long driveway that led to the front door.

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7 Responses to Dona’s Poems

  1. Donna Magnani December 10, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

    Mary,
    I was so happy to see Dean’s email announcement about this, and ordered the book right away. I didn’t realize you had collaborated with him on the book, but think that is just so very right. Whenever Dona spoke of you, she always said “Mary Wilson, Mary Wilson” twice – as if you were one of the most loved friends. Like you, I never knew of Dona’s writing and am so very moved to know it is now collected and possible to share. Thank you! (And I don’t know if you recall the one time I met you at your home, and we had a lovely visit on your magical terrace.)
    Donna
    (Dona and Larry called me Donna Due)

    • Mary Wilson December 21, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

      Ciao Donna,
      Of course I remember you Donna Due! Most of the poems were hand written and some typed. I scanned them all plus the pictures and some of the “musings” that Larry found and we included them just for a personal touch. Dean typed some and I typed some and then reformatted them for publishing. It was a labor of love.
      Enjoy the book!
      Mary

  2. Ruthy December 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

    I just ordered my copy!

  3. Jeff W Johnson December 11, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

    Mary, I ordered my copy today. Looking forward to reading her poems. I will thank you in advance for assisting in getting her poems published. Will provide feedback once I have read her collection of poems. Just reading her bio makes me realize what a remarkable women Dona Carol Bartoli was. Warmest regards, Jeff

  4. Carol December 11, 2020 at 10:01 pm #

    Hi Mary

    Thanks so much for sharing this.

    Will order

    Take care,
    Carol

  5. Patricia A Kovacev December 12, 2020 at 6:08 am #

    Good for the three of you. it’s a great remembrance.

  6. Roz Falco December 27, 2020 at 1:48 pm #

    Such a wonderful tribute and remembrance of a remarkable woman and dear friend.
    Will order!
    Ciao for now,
    Roz

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