Poetry. Women's Studies. In WHAT MY FATHER TAUGHT ME, Maria Giura writes richly and candidly about growing up Italian-American Catholic from her earliest days as the daughter of immigrant parents and a workaholic father to her coming of age and onward into adulthood where she works at reconciling the sensual and spiritual. Her poems are a celebration in the face of love and loss. They are at once intimate and universal, serious and light, and are grounded in the Brooklyn, New York that she cherished and called home: from her parents' pastry shoppe, to the view from the Belt Parkway, to the family living room "where [she] learned to pull out the microphone, even though it was always broken, and sing."
About the Author
Maria Giura has been published in several literary journals and has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Paterson Literary Review, and Salem College's Center for Women Writers. She has taught Literature and Writing at St. John's University, Montclair State University, and Binghamton University where she received her PhD.
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I picked up Maria Giura’s What My Father Taught Me intending to read just the Note to Reader and the title poem and to save the rest for a little at a time, but then the sublimity of her work took over. Within an hour and a half I had devoured it. It’s such a touching book, a charming little pearl that has an ocean of love and devotion for family, faith, heritage, and the gift of being human. God has given Giura the gift of expressing so poignantly not only her journey but aspects of all our journeys. Furthermore, in her poem, “Christ in Concrete,” she asked, “Where are all the other Italian-American writers?” It’s so true, and yet here is one of the very capable, vibrant ones right before our eyes. I so look forward to whatever book Giura has to offer us next.