By Mary di Michele
A masterwork from one among Canada’s most vital poets
Referencing the post-war neorealist movie through Vittorio De Sica, Mary di Michele’s Bicycle Thieves commemorates her Italian previous and her existence in Canada via elegy and acts of translation of textual content and of self.
The assortment opens with a type of hymn to existence in the world, sung from the height of that city island, Montreal — an try and see past loss of life. The e-book strikes right into a series of poems defined by means of Sharon Thesen because the poet “envisioning the passage of time below the ‘full and waning’ moon of Mount Royal’s beacon move, recalling her Italian immigrant mom and dad in Toronto and her present lifestyles in Montreal [. . .] a type of Decameron.”
Thesen’s description is apt for the gathering as an entire, which strikes into the poet’s autobiography — looking for catharsis via literature — and can pay tributes to poets who've been a part of the literary panorama di Michele now inhabits. Bicycle Thieves is poetry as time laptop, transcending the borders among lifestyles and loss of life, language and culture.
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