All That Lies Between Us

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From the author of Italian Women in Black Dresses, Things My Mother Told Me, and Where I Come From comes this new volume, All That Lies Between Us, that continues the memoir in poetry that Maria Mazziotti Gillan has been constructing. Here we find the geography of the heart's home - not a physical but rather an emotional center around which she constructs the story of her life. Her world is populated by memories of growing up in the 1950s, her courtship and long marriage, her husband's illness, her children and ...
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Overview

From the author of Italian Women in Black Dresses, Things My Mother Told Me, and Where I Come From comes this new volume, All That Lies Between Us, that continues the memoir in poetry that Maria Mazziotti Gillan has been constructing. Here we find the geography of the heart's home - not a physical but rather an emotional center around which she constructs the story of her life. Her world is populated by memories of growing up in the 1950s, her courtship and long marriage, her husband's illness, her children and grandchildren. But, at its center, is the woman she has become who struggles to deal with all the complexities of love and the difficulties of achieving compassion and tenderness in the face of adversity. Brave, honest, flat-out beautiful, these poems help us to understand what it means to be human.

About the Author:
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey

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"These poems are powerful in their honesty: their passion and their grief. They take us deep into the labyrinth of our humanity and - in the face of loss and death - show us the paradox of love in the center of our being" -- Diane di Prima.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550712612
  • Publisher: Guernica Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2007
  • Series: Essential Poets Series , #153
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the founder and executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College–New Jersey. She has published eight books and is the editor of the award-winning Paterson Literary Review.

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Table of Contents


People Who Live Only in Photographs     7
Little House on the Prairie     9
What Did I Know About Love     11
The Mediterranean     12
Christmas Story     13
There Was No Pleasing My Mother     15
Breakfast at IHOP     17
I Want to Write a Poem to Celebrate     18
Superman     19
I Am Thinking of the Dress     21
My Father's Fig Tree Grew in Hawthorne, New Jersey     23
My Sister and Frank Sinatra     25
Sunday Dinners at My Mother's House     27
My Father Always Drove     29
Spike-Heels     31
Trying to Get You to Love Me     32
Housework and Buicks with Fins     35
Driving into Our New Lives     37
Nighties     38
In the Movies No One Ever Ages     40
Who Knew How Lonely the Truth Can Be     41
I Wish I Knew How to Tell You     43
What a Liar I Am     45
On an Outing to Cold Spring     47
Selective Memory     49
Your Voice on the Phone Wobbles     51
On Thanksgiving This Year     54
I Never Tell People     56
Do YouKnow What It Is I Feel?     59
What I Remember     61
I Walk Through the Rooms of Memory     63
Nothing Can Bring Back the Dead     65
What I Can't Face About Someone I Love     68
Is This the Way It Is with Mothers and Sons?     70
Everything We Don't Want Them to Know     72
At Eleven, My Granddaughter     73
My Daughter's Hands     75
My Grandson and GI Joe     77
What We Pass On     79
The Dead Are Not Silent     81
What the Dead No Longer Need     83
I Want to Celebrate     85
Couch Buddha     87
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