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Bicycle Thieves: Poems

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A masterwork from one of Canada’s most important poets

Referencing the post-war neorealist film by Vittorio De Sica, Mary di Michele’s Bicycle Thieves commemorates her Italian past and her life in Canada through elegy and acts of translation of text and of self.

The collection opens with a kind of hymn to life on the planet, sung from the peak of that urban island,
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Paperback, 120 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by ECW Press
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Joseph Spuckler
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Bicycle Thieves by Mary Di Michele is a collection of poems celebrating Italian heritage in Canada. Di Michele is a poet, novelist, and member of the collaborative writing group, Yoko’s Dogs, Mary di Michele is the author of 12 books. She has won numerous awards, including the Confederation Poets Prize and the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize, and has appeared on shortlists for many others. Mary has been living in Montreal and teaching at Concordia University in the creative writing program for ...more
Gill
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, poetry

'Bicycle Thieves' by Mary di Michele

3.5 stars/ 7 out of 10

I read a lot of poetry, but have not previously read anything by Mary di Michele.

This book contains an interesting selection of poems, linking di Michele's Italian roots with her Canadian present.

My favourite section in this poetry book is the one entitled 'Life Sentences', which consists of 100 three-line poems, within which di Michele tells the story of her life. The poems appear deceptively simple; however I am in awe of what di
...more
Katie Harder-schauer
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm working on my review now. It will be posted here after it goes live on my blog. It may take a while because reviewing poetry is always a bit awkward for me. It's a bit harder to judge I think.
mwpm
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Mishima swore he'd die young,
he wanted to leave a beautiful

corpse. Still alive at forty-five
he committed seppuku.

It was the age, the sixties
feared the thirties.

At thirtysomething you got over it,
and now that you approach thirty

twice over, not a corpse yet
no longer beautiful,

you have stopped
reading Mishima.
- Turning Thirty Twice Over, pg. 26

* * *

1
The past is that far
country you emigrated from
as a child.

2
A-bomb day -
not even Stevenson would've traded
his birthday for yours.

3
Mamma says don't touch
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Shelves: poetry
Bicycle Thieves by Mary Di Michele is a collection of poems celebrating Italian heritage in Canada. Di Michele is a poet, novelist, and member of the collaborative writing group, Yoko’s Dogs, Mary di Michele is the author of 12 books. She has won numerous awards, including the Confederation Poets Prize and the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize, and has appeared on shortlists for many others. Mary has been living in Montreal and teaching at Concordia University in the creative writing program for ...more
Gill
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, poetry

'Bicycle Thieves' by Mary di Michele

3.5 stars/ 7 out of 10

I read a lot of poetry, but have not previously read anything by Mary di Michele.

This book contains an interesting selection of poems, linking di Michele's Italian roots with her Canadian present.

My favourite section in this poetry book is the one entitled 'Life Sentences', which consists of 100 three-line poems, within which di Michele tells the story of her life. The poems appear deceptively simple; however I am in awe of what di
...more
mwpm
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Mishima swore he'd die young,
he wanted to leave a beautiful

corpse. Still alive at forty-five
he committed seppuku.

It was the age, the sixties
feared the thirties.

At thirtysomething you got over it,
and now that you approach thirty

twice over, not a corpse yet
no longer beautiful,

you have stopped
reading Mishima.
- Turning Thirty Twice Over, pg. 26

* * *

1
The past is that far
country you emigrated from
as a child.

2
A-bomb day -
not even Stevenson would've traded
his birthday for yours.

3
Mamma says don't touch
...more
Katie Harder-schauer
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm working on my review now. It will be posted here after it goes live on my blog. It may take a while because reviewing poetry is always a bit awkward for me. It's a bit harder to judge I think.
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