The Frailty of Living Things weaves together thoughts and reflections from the pandemic: isolation and loneliness, but also hope, compassion and a touch of humour. These poems speak to the impacts of our social illnesses while drawing consolation from the beauty of the natural world.

From “Pruning Indoor Plants in Quarantine:”

I gather them

like questions that cannot be answered, only lived, removing ageing tendrils, watering
the new; sensing that time has given me

this moment to shape and prune my life, to contemplate the frailty of living things, held in the mystery,

the beauty of attention.

Books by Award-Winning Author
Carole Giangrande

The Frailty of Living Things | Poems by Carole Giangrande
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The Tender Birds Book Cover by Carole Giangrande
All That is Solid melts into air Carole Giangrande
Here Comes the Dreamer
Midsummer by Carole Giangrande
Missing Persons Short Stories Carole Giangrande
A Forest Burning by Carole Giangrande
An Ordinary Star by Carole Giangrande
A Gardener on the Moon by Carole Giangrande

As a writer, I’ve always been drawn to opposites. I’m passionate about language — both written and spoken — and I love both the solitude of writing and the public nature of the spoken word. Writing is a contemplative act, a lifelong quest for clarity, beauty and wisdom. Reading and speaking for an audience is one of the joys of my life.

— Carole Giangrande

Awards and Recognition

  • The Tender Birds wins 2020 Miramichi Reader’s “Very Best” Book Award for Fiction (Gold Medal). Read the 5-Star Review
  • The Tender Birds wins Independent Publishers’ Award (IPPY) 2020 Silver Medal for Literary Fiction.
  • Carole’s essay “Death of a Red-Tailed Hawk” nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 
  • All That Is Solid Melts Into Air wins Independent Publishers’ Award (IPPY) 2018 Gold Medal for Literary Fiction.
  • All That Is Solid Melts Into Air shortlisted for the Mary Sarton Women’s Book Award (Contemporary Fiction).
  • All That Is Solid Melts Into Air winner of the 2017 Miramichi Reader “Very Best” Book Award for Fiction.
  • Lyric Essay Award for Goshawk, published in Eastern Iowa Review, 2016
  • A Gardener On The Moon won the Ken Klonsky Novella Prize from Quattro Books, 2010

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