crescendo I decrescendo by bo niles



Bo Niles’ third collection of poetry, crescendo|decrescendo, addresses the power and perils of memory and what it is like to slowly lose a vibrant loved one – here, her father – in the context of all he was before. In the first poem, Etude, the father is fourteen with shoulder blades “as tender as the drawn-back wings of a dove” as he plays the piano, “hoping for his father’s sincere regard.” After a lifetime devoted to music, an end-poem, Aria, becomes the benediction the boy wishes for, here bestowed by his daughter, who wants to “inhale/the coda of [his] life.” Poems are, after all, music, and this collection sings the father in full.

–Frances Richey, author, The Warrior




crescendo I decrescendo

by bo niles

$13.99, paper


Bo Niles is a former magazine editor, photo stylist, and writer who specialized in home design. She has written several books on design subjects, as well as a travel memoir. Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including Podium, from New York City’s 92nd Street Y, where she is a member of the Himan Brown Senior Center poetry workshop. Finishing Line Press published her two previous chapbooks: intimate geographies and natural causes.


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