Purple Sins

Purple Sins, 2022
Eleanor M. Imperato
ISBN: 978-1-936658-52-7 – Language: English – Softcover: 138 pages
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In her second collection of poetry, Purple Sins, Eleanor M. Imperato blends her poems and her photographs into one splendid, impressive creation.

As Susan Astor states in the Afterword to the book, “Imperato’s poetry touches on a broad variety of subjects, from the natural world to the ambiguities of human relationships, from the pull of memories to the push of rapidly changing norms. The subjects covered in the pages of Purple Sins, though universal in their appeal, are tied to events and emotions, real and imaged fused in the poet’s life. Intimacy and its absence, literature and its themes, history and current events, nature in all its lushness and cruelty — the reader feels her connection to each.”

Astor also comments, “The fact that Imperato’s own remarkable photographs illustrate her poems is part of this book’s magic. Both verse and photography are intrinsic to this poetry collection. Her poems and photos illuminate one another, imbuing these pages with a sustaining glow. In Purple Sins, light seems to come from everywhere, even the poet’s darkest most disturbing images.”

Other praise for the book follows:

A seamless melding of poetry and photography, Purple Sins shimmers with grace. Elegant, sensuous, intensely personal yet accessible, accented by wry wit, Imperato’s work guides the reader toward moments of clarity and mystery intertwined.

— Nick Jans, Alaska writer/photographer
Author of A Wolf Called Romeo


Purple Sins by Eleanor M. Imperato is a stunningly beautiful collection of exquisite photographs and lyrical and imagistic poems. I can guarantee you will love this book. What a blessing this work is for all of us.

— Maria Mazziotti Gillan—American Book Award winner – All That Lies Between Us
Author of When the Stars Were Still Visible.


In Purple Sins Eleanor M. Imperato dresses her considerable wisdom and intelligence in beautiful words….as any good poet should.

— Lewis Frumkes
Director, The Lewis Burke Frumkes Center for Writing and Culture at Hunter College