By Mary di Michele
A masterwork from considered one of Canada’s most crucial poets
Referencing the post-war neorealist movie via Vittorio De Sica, Mary di Michele’s Bicycle Thieves commemorates her Italian prior and her lifestyles in Canada via elegy and acts of translation of textual content and of self.
The assortment opens with a type of hymn to lifestyles on the earth, sung from the height of that city island, Montreal — an try to see past dying. The ebook strikes right into a series of poems defined by way of Sharon Thesen because the poet “envisioning the passage of time below the ‘full and waning’ moon of Mount Royal’s beacon go, 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 an entire, which strikes into the poet’s autobiography — looking for catharsis via literature — and will 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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Bicycle Thieves: Poems by Mary di Michele