By Mary di Michele
A masterwork from one in every of 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 to see past demise. The publication strikes right into a series of poems defined via Sharon Thesen because the poet “envisioning the passage of time less than the ‘full and waning’ moon of Mount Royal’s beacon pass, recalling her Italian immigrant mom and dad in Toronto and her present existence in Montreal [. . .] a kind of Decameron.”
Thesen’s description is apt for the gathering as a complete, 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 existence and dying, language and culture.
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