The poems in The Men Who Write Good-bye Letters explore and make sense of the choices made when we "end" things, or when things end without our permission, whether it be the end of a life, the end of a romance, or the result of an unexpected tragedy. These poems are a poet's observation and reflection on the reasons for loss and endings, survival and redemption. They also offer an examination of lives searching for the clarity and value, sometimes obscured by the lack of internal reflection, which would lead to self- discovery and, ultimately, self-affirmation.
Gianna Patriarca is an award-winning author of eight books of poetry, one children's book, and a collection of short stories inspired by the lives of Italian Canadian women, All My Fallen Angelas (2016). Her writing is extensively anthologized and appears on the course list of universities in Italy, Canada, and the USA. Her work has also writing been adapted for the Canadian stage, CBC radio drama, and appears in many documentary films. Her first book, Italian Women and Other Tragedies, is in its fourth printing and has been translated into Italian. She lives in Toronto and is currently working on a novel.
"To The Men Who Write Goodbye Letters is the work of an artist at the top of her game. In this elegantly crafted collection of poems, Patriarca has tapped into one of poetry's most magical powers, its ability to sweeten the tragic and make it palatable to the human heart. Even when the poet sings of suicide and death, there is gentle comfort in the lyrical flow of the voice and its loving attention to the simple and ordinary details surrounding even the most sorrowful events. "
--Luciano Iacobelli, poet/author
"Gianna Patriarca's reflective collection is a poetic reckoning in which missed opportunities,unspoken words, and 'secrets and silences' are confronted in 'order to let go. ' In a sympathetic, incisive voice the poet faces a haunting of lovers, deceased family and friends and an immigrant community prosperous and dispersed. This percipient work is a taut redress to loss and promises not kept. A testament to the intimate burden of memory. "
--Joseph Sciorra, Queens College CUNY"Gianna Patriarca has never been afraid to confront issues of powerless, silenced women marginalized by their conditions. With deceptively simple language this strong, rich collection of poems speaks to us with forceful emotion, one that readers will return to again and again. "
--Joseph Pivato, Athabasca University
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