By Mary di Michele

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

Referencing the post-war neorealist movie by means of 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 e-book strikes right into a series of poems defined by means of Sharon Thesen because the poet “envisioning the passage of time lower 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 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 laptop, transcending the borders among existence and dying, language and culture.

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