By Mary di Michele
A masterwork from one among Canada’s most crucial poets
Referencing the post-war neorealist movie through 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 one of those hymn to existence on this planet, sung from the height of that city island, Montreal — an try and see past dying. The booklet strikes right into a series of poems defined by way 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 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 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 existence and demise, language and culture.
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