By Mary di Michele
A masterwork from one in all Canada’s most vital poets
Referencing the post-war neorealist movie via Vittorio De Sica, Mary di Michele’s Bicycle Thieves commemorates her Italian earlier and her existence in Canada via elegy and acts of translation of textual content and of self.
The assortment opens with one of those hymn to existence in the world, sung from the height of that city island, Montreal — an try and see past dying. The e-book strikes right into a series of poems defined via Sharon Thesen because the poet “envisioning the passage of time lower than the ‘full and waning’ moon of Mount Royal’s beacon go, 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 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 computer, transcending the borders among lifestyles and demise, language and culture.
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