The Six-Fold Radial Symmetry of Snow
by Christopher E. Grillo

Grillo’s narrative poetry collection visits and revisits the football fields and tunnels of a young man’s transition into adulthood, in search of understanding and in some cases, closure. This collection of poems is an “All-American” coming-of-age, complete with high school football heroics, the disappointments of growing older, love, loyalty, hardship, and ultimately hopefulness, set against the backdrop of Grillo’s lovingly rendered New Haven County. The Six-Fold Radial Symmetry of Snow creates a poetic dialogue with Grillo’s previous collection, When Rain Fills the Chasm—both sets of poems follow the narrator and the vividly rendered characters of Frankie and Charlene through glory days, memory, love, loss, history, and growth.

Narrative Poetry
ISBN : 978-0-9863081-2-3
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About the author

Christopher Eugene Grillo is an education professional and recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University’s MFA program. His poetry has been featured in Extract(s), Up the River, Young Raven’s Literary Review, Drunk Monkeys, Noctua Review, Lunch Ticket, Referential, The Elm City Review, Athlon, and more. Christopher is Noctua Review’s Connecticut State University’s Poetry Prize runner up and a 2014 Best of Net nominee. He moonlights as a high school football coach at his alma mater, North Haven.

Praise for The Six-Fold Radial Symmetry of Snow

Grillo gives us the singular nature of love through an unexpected character, and the payoff is tremendous and mundane—the romance in one man's head … doesn’t live up to reality. Love is brutal, and even the hardest among us are staggered by the softest things.
Brendan Walsh, author of Make Anything Whole
Never sentimental, these poems are songs of compassion for human longing for love, for human dreams that go unfulfilled. Grillo does not compromise tenderness, but never exploits emotions.
Vivian Shipley, author of All of Your Messages Have Been Erased, 2011 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Excellence & 2011 Hackney National Literary Award for Poetry