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Melinda Rizzo publishes her first full-length book of poetry


In her first full-length book of poetry, “Late Snow and Hellebore,” Melinda Rizzo explores life, faith, forgiveness and family, love and loss, death, doubt, redemption, reconciliation, gardens and travel, cooking, parenting and what makes us human in often inhumane times and circumstances.

A reporter by trade, Rizzo, whose work can often be found in the Bucks County Herald, has been a poet for decades.

In this collection she investigates, probes and considers how to make sense of the physical, emotional and spiritual world leaning heavily on observation, relationships and experiences – sometimes with a wry sense of humor; always with compassion toward self and others.

Rizzo lives in an Upper Bucks County farmhouse with her husband of 40 years, Phillip, and two Labrador retrievers.

On the book cover, the Very Rev. Anthony R. “Tony” Pompa, dean and rector of The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, calls Rizzo’s book “Soul food - transcending and transformational.”

Another Bucks County poet, Patricia Goodrich, author of “Verda’s House” and “Red Mud,” said Rizzo’s book is “Magnificent, magnifying view of a seemingly ordinary life!”

Poet and professor Christopher Bursk, author of “The First Inhabitants of Arcadia,” said, “It’s not a bad deal are the very last words of this startlingly beautiful volume that offers us a way to live in a fallen world and find nourishment there, joy and meaning.”