"The formal mixture of emotion and restraint in Ms. Gandolfo's writing is a tip-off that this is the genuine article. Her poetry gives definitive shape to memory, loss and compassion, and carries that adult gravity that continues inside a reader. 'When the music comes back, / it wakes you,' writes the poet, and 'The face that was tomorrow becomes today.' And so it is, in these moving, thoughtful, wide awake poems." - Marvin Bell
"ANGLES OF DEPARTURE is an elegy written with great reverence and beauty. The poet navigates a ghost route between absence and presence, as she articulates what can't quite be touched with human hands, reached by a human body, or consciousness." - Sandra Alcosser
"It is an honor to accompany this remarkable first book of Marcene Gandolfo's poems into the world-poems that find redemption through what they have been given-life, death, grief, memory, devotion; crossing the risky borders between complexities, her poems explore what Calvino called 'the conflict between the world's choices and man's obsession with making sense of them.' ANGLES OF DEPARTURE is a masterful collection full of choices, full of obsessions, and full of sense-a whopper of a first book." - Susan Kelly-DeWitt
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Four and a half stars. My taste in poetry is specific, and I have high standards. Marcene Gandolfo's poetry is full of strong images (one of my most important criteria) and sharp contrasts (another). There is grief over the lost of a child in several poems, something that gouges my heart when I read it. Many other poems also touched a nerve for me: "The Dance" and "Carnival" were among my favorites, I think because the first is such good news and the second features a person who is so loving. In each case they portray these aspects in clear, specific, original ways. I was a little disappointed in one or two poems which I will not name as I wouldn't want to influence the next reader about them; it is no doubt a question of taste. I recommend this volume to anyone who is seeking strong imagery and a personal voice.