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Mary di Michele : Comments by Writers and Critics


Selected Comments


"Mary di Michele brings her poet's eye to this rich, suggestive, and intensely original novel. The tension between life and art is beautifully rendered, and the descriptions, especially those of Italy in its different seasons, are breathtaking in their intensity."
                     —Alistair MacLeod, author of No Great Mischief [re: Tenor of Love]


"Di Michele effortlessly travels from one time to another and interacts with literary figures such as Wang Wei, Hart Crane, Rilke, Baudelaire, and Sappho… [she] is clearly a serious poet whose best work achieves a happy marriage of imagistic clarity and poignant investigations into the artistic life.
                     —Theresa Shea, Quill and Quire, July 1998 [re: Debriefing the Rose]


"In 1987, di Michele traveled with other Canadian writers to Chile, where they became acquainted with the country's political terror and the Chileans who endure it. In striving to tell their stories of unthinkable torture of mind and body, in longing to share in the victims' belief in the force and integrity of poetry and humankindness, di Michele finds the hope that sustains people suffering some of civilization's most flagrant enormities."
                     —Anita Hurwitz, Poetry Canada Review, 1993 [re: Luminous Emergencies]


"Di Michele here is suggesting that the condition of immunity, the state of grace, is both concrete reality and an illusion that cannot be sustained. But, as long as the desire to transform that illusion into solid reality persists, optimism prevails about the eventual entry of metaphoric sun into a largely darkened universe."
                     —Corrado Federici, Poetry Canada Review, 1993 [re: Immune to Gravity]



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