By Mary di Michele

ISBN-10: 1770413707

ISBN-13: 9781770413702

A masterwork from certainly one of Canada’s most crucial poets

Referencing the post-war neorealist movie by way of Vittorio De Sica, Mary di Michele’s Bicycle Thieves commemorates her Italian earlier and her lifestyles in Canada via elegy and acts of translation of textual content and of self.

The assortment opens with one of those hymn to lifestyles on the earth, sung from the height of that city island, Montreal — an try to see past demise. The booklet strikes right into a series of poems defined via Sharon Thesen because the poet “envisioning the passage of time below 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 computing device, transcending the borders among lifestyles and demise, language and culture.

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