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What We Pass On: Collected Poems: 1980-2009
     

What We Pass On: Collected Poems: 1980-2009

by Maria Maziotti Gillan
 

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In WHAT WE PASS ON: COLLECTED POEMS: 1980-2009, Maria Mazziotti Gillan weaves a tapestry of one woman's life—wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, grand-daughter, Italian American. Reading these poems in one volume makes us acutely aware of how memory is layered, each new poem adding another detail, another color, another perspective so that we watch

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In WHAT WE PASS ON: COLLECTED POEMS: 1980-2009, Maria Mazziotti Gillan weaves a tapestry of one woman's life—wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, grand-daughter, Italian American. Reading these poems in one volume makes us acutely aware of how memory is layered, each new poem adding another detail, another color, another perspective so that we watch as the poet and the people around her change. With increasing clarity and honesty, Gillan peels away all the self-protective layers and invites us in so we can see in her story a reflection of our own. Her work in all its texture and exuberance, its passion and power, forces us to care about what matters and teaches us to be human. This is a poet who, in these courageous poems, teaches us why poetry matters and why it can change us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550713046
Publisher:
Guernica Editions, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Essential Poets Series , #166
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author


Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. She is also a Professor and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University-State University of New York. She has published over eight books of poetry, including THE WEATHER OF OLD SEASONS (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1993) and WHAT WE PASS ON (Guernica Editions, 2010). With her daughter, she is co-editor of three anthologies published by Penguin/Putnam. She is also the editor of the award-winning Paterson Literary Review. Among her many honors, she received the 2011 Barnes and Noble Writers For Writers Award.

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