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Joan Leotta

Joan Leotta has been playing with words on paper and stage since childhood. 

Author, Story Performer, she encourages words through Pen and Performance - Giulia Goes to War, Letters from Korea, A Bowl of Rice, Secrets of the Heart - Desert Breeze Publishing & Amazon, Simply a Smile--collection of Short Stories - Cane Hollow Press & Amazon, WHOOSH! Picture book from TheaQ & Amazon. 

And she dances under the moon whenever possible.





Joan's Origami micro-chapbook & selected poems are available below.  Download the single-page micro-chapbook as a PDF by clicking the title.  To read the selected poem below, also click on the title.

Origami Micro-Chapbook 

Selected Poem(s)

Dancing Under The Moon

Cover: Dancing under the Moon
by Lauri Burke

Every Origami Micro-chapbook
may be printed, for free,
from this website.

{mooblock=Dancing under the Moon } 

In the dark before dawn
I pad down the cool cement
of our driveway to
pluck the daily news
from its resting place
at the base of the mailbox.
On those days
when the full moon
is slipping down
behind my neighbor's roof
to rest in the heat
of the day,
I salute his silvery countenance
and, since no one else
is watching, I
dance in his
waning glory
covered in the shimmery
glow of
his last full smile.
Joan Leotta © 2016


{mooblock=Moonlight Over My Town}

Full moon shows off my
hometown, its silver glow
transforming silent silver
skyscrapers into soft blue
sentinels of night
along each riverbank.
Those same skyscrapers,
piled high
along the nearer bank,
stretch to stroke moon's
soft, shining face.
Arched girders
bridge the banks
giving hope to the buildings
on the far side
that they as well will be able
to touch the moon,
and so can I.
Joan Leotta © 2016