17 | Mary di Michele | The Montreal Book of the Dead

The Montreal Book Of The Dead
Vallum Chapbook Series No. 17
Mary di Michele

“Envisioning the passage of time under the “full and unwaning” moon of Mont Royal’s beacon cross, di Michele recalls her Italian immigrant parents in Toronto and her current life in Montreal. This sequence, a sort of decameron, written with her customary brightness and gracefulness of diction, concludes at a deserted customs office where no one wants to see her passport: the truly borderless place of poetry itself. ”
– Sharon Thesen

Author’s Bio

Poet, novelist, and member of the collaborative writing group, Yoko’s Dogs, Mary di Michele is author of eleven books including a selected poems, Stranger in You, Oxford University Press 1995, and the novel, Tenor of Love, Viking Canada, Simon & Schuster USA 2005. She lives in Montreal where she teaches at Concordia University. Her most recent books are The Flower of Youth, Pier Paolo Pasolini Poems (ECW Press, 2011), and with Yoko’s Dogs, Whisk, (Pedlar Press 2013). Awards include first prize, CBC literary competition, the Air Canada Writing Award, and The Malahat Review long poem.



Table of contents

1. Now He Drives a Taxi in Comox
2. The Mountain after Klein
3. The Taste of Loss
4. La Vita Vecchia
5. Bicycle Thieves
6. The Montreal Book of the Dead
7. Forgetfulness
8. The Unteachable
9. Scotopia
10. Somewhere I Have Never Travelled

20 pages total

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