Turn Left Before Morning




April Salzano

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Kill the Dogs by Heather BellTurn Left Before Morning explores the daily struggles involved in parenting a child with autism. These poems map a mother’s quest for understanding of a world that requires a significant shift in perspective and a new definition of what it means to love a child. The key to navigating the rough terrain of autism is not something she discovers, but is instead something that has been subtly guiding her all along: autism is as wonderful as it is terrifying, as humorous as it is heartbreaking, in alternating and equal measure.


Sample Poems

•“Rattle Issue 47, Page 8” in Rattle online


About the Author

AprilApril Salzano lives with her husband and two sons in rural Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a memoir on raising a son with autism and several collections of poetry. Her poetry and prose have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her writing has appeared in journals such as The Camel Saloon, Centrifugal Eye, Deadsnakes, Visceral Uterus, Salome, Poetry Quarterly, and Writing Tomorrow. Her chapbook, The Girl of My Dreams, is currently available from Dancing Girl Press, which will also publish another chapbook, Thoughts in Reverse, in 2017.



Cover art by Nate Dworsky

ISBN: 978-1-931307-31-4
Cover price: $6.00
Chapbook: 36 pages
Size: 6″ x 9″