Cut off the Ears of Winterby Peter Covino
Pub. Date: 01/28/2005
Publisher: Partners Publishers Group
Poetry. Italian-American. Sexual Abuse. "Peter Covino's first book is spacious, wonderfully unpredictable, and insistent on ambition and scope. CUT OFF THE EARS OF WINTER is not simply an autobiography but a poetic autobiography. It moves from the confessional--stories of the body and the family--to stories of the mind, art, and history. Especially compelling is
Poetry. Italian-American. Sexual Abuse. "Peter Covino's first book is spacious, wonderfully unpredictable, and insistent on ambition and scope. CUT OFF THE EARS OF WINTER is not simply an autobiography but a poetic autobiography. It moves from the confessional--stories of the body and the family--to stories of the mind, art, and history. Especially compelling is the way in which the intimate biographies of flesh and family are entwined with and inextricable from matters of art and history... Restless, worldly, intelligent, and beautiful, CUT OFF THE EARS OF WINTER is an utterly original first work--Lynn Emanuel.
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I've had the pleasure of reading Covino's book, but also the pleasure of learning from him. His poetry is a shocking storyteller that will invade your senses from every imaginable angle. Expertly and painstakingly ordered into thirds, the reader travels through Italy and New York and careens through your heart. An unbelievably worthwhile read.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to not only hear him read his work, but to also be taught by this talented and caring man. I will always look back on the time I spent under his tutelage as one of freedom and expression in a miracle mixture. His poetry stands out as a brutal elegance that will only mature with years. During his reading of poems from this book the audience was laughing and crying with each new phrase or tone spoken in his sensual voice. I truly love his work, and I know you will to.
I had the good fortune to hear Mr. Covino read some of these poems at a recent writers' conference. At the time I was overwhelmed by the passionate intensity of his reading, and could only speculate on his state of mind when he wrote them. Having since read them myself, I find the words often 'jump' from the page -- due to the highly-emotional nature of the work. Every reader will respond to a work of art somewhat differently, and I, for one saw two overarching themes: the psychopathology of the nuclear family, and Mr. Covino's ultimate redemption and reconciliation of that long-endured pain through his embrace of Art. His sensitive soul somehow learned to seek salvation in the World of Art, to which he makes frequent reference. That World provided a prism through which he could better understand both himself and those around him. We should all be grateful that he decided to join that World and become the fascinating wordsmith he reveals himself to be in this volume.