The book is a collection of poems by Italian-American contemporary poet Carolyn Guinzio in English with the Italian translation by Franco Nasi. The book was awarded with the Bordighera Poetry Prize in 2004, an annual prize for bilingual poetry established to foster the Italian language among Italian-American poets. "Carolyn Guinzio writes moving poems of great delicacy, balancing opposites and adjacents at once. She also writes a kind of sentence that switches mid-run like a train on its tracks, re-casting its syntax without so much as a how-do-you-do. Through the curtain of birds and insects, or the scrim made of the lives of unadorned citizens, she allows us to 'press so close to the unfamiliar' without making it any less strange. This is a gifted poet's first book" (Susan Wheeler)
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