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.
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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.
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.