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What She Says about Love : Small Press Distribution (All Titles) - Tony Magistrale

What She Says about Love

Small Press Distribution (All Titles)

Paperback Published: 12th September 2008
ISBN: 9781884419928
Number Of Pages: 112

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I read the poems of What She Said About Love with a growing sense of their achievement, their expression of a particular and valuable voice. Here is a poet who understands that "The act of casting shape from chaos / breeds enemies." That refers to Michaelangelo, but it stands in for the poet generally, and especially one of who has Tony Magistrale's gifts. Poetry is the enemy of bland, boring, mass-produced speech. It is language intensified to a level of combat with the world. And Magistrale has managed to keep up the fight in poem after poem. This is a bracing, sweet, dark, and always moving volume of poems. I believe it will affect those who read it deeply. It deserves a wide audience. - Jay Parini, Middlebury College "The Plan," which describes a Texas-style barbecue in a Venetian twilight, concludes: "In this most secreted city, I divulge no secrets / Content to wear my hat at rakish angle / Tend the grill, savor its sizzle," a characterization that neatly fits the many fine poems of Anthony Magistrale whose sizzle is sure to whet the appetites of readers. The tones may vary, from the moodiness of "Venetian Poems" to the playfulness of "Beware, the Bible Warns, of Fallen Women," but constant throughout are the intellectual alertness, the satisfying structures, and the vivid descriptions: the adjectives are often surprising, as in "dense, pasty Milanese rain," but almost always just right. "I Nemici" be gins: "The act of casting shape from chaos / breeds enemies." Magistrale's point is well taken here, but in this case it's much more likely to breed friends and admirers. - Michael Palma, Bordighera Poetry Prize Judge, 2007-2008

ISBN: 9781884419928
ISBN-10: 1884419925
Series: Small Press Distribution (All Titles)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 12th September 2008
Publisher: Bordighera Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.14

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