Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom

Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom

by Marisa Frasca


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Poetry. "In poems of remarkable fortitude and clarity, Marisa Frasca, a self-described "hyphenated woman," navigates the passages, geographical and psychological, that allow her uneasy flow between Sicily and America, among all 'our known / and unknown mothers.' This journey in which the Atlantic transforms into 'the old dark and narrow hallway of the immigrant' is always less familiar than we might anticipate as these poems conflate past and present, 'the displaced, the incomplete, / the made new / superimposed and piled together in chorus.' Like Nino Rota, Frasca conveys depths of sorrow and wonder in her rich, musical phrasings. The poems of VIA INCANTO are operatic with breath and sex and thirst and love."—Michael Waters

"Frasca's vision and passion are so arrived, so rich with variation, that they elevate us inside a lyric adventure. Vittorini's 'twice real' reveries and Pavese's story-poem architectures whisper like companions to Frasca's native and chosen places: Sicily, the Atlantic, her beloved Manhattan—all fueling the book's narrative aesthetic and elegant shapes. But her darkroom—part time-capsule, part temple—steals everything. It tests the heart with fire and compression, and it tests all of us with razor-sharp memory. Then it gives back a shining array of immortal human faces and stories, indelibly. VIA INCANTO is a luminous original."—Judith Vollmer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599540764
Publisher: Bordighera Press
Publication date: 08/29/2014
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Marisa Frasca is co-founder of Magia, Inc., an Italian children's clothing firm she ran for twenty-seven years. She is also a poet and translator whose work has appeared in 5 AM, Philadelphia Poets, Adanna Journal, Voices in Italian Americana, Sicilia Parra, Feile-Festa, Sweet Lemons II, and other literary journals and anthologies. She was named first runner-up for the 2013 National Bordighera Poetry Prize for the book VIA INCANTO: POEMS FROM THE DARKROOM, judged by distinguished poet Lia Purpura.

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