Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review in L'Italo-Americano

The Place I Call Home by Maria Mazziotti Gillan / Book Review written by Kenneth Scambray in L'Italo-Americano / Thursday, February 7, 2013 

These are unmistakably Mazziotti Gillan poems, with a self-assured voice tht you will not hear in many other American poets writing today.  She reminds me of the current Poet Laureate of the United State, eighty-four-year-old Phil Levine from Fresno.  As he has mined his industrial, working-class heritage in pre-1940s Detroit over the last forty years in his poetry, his poems have only become more interesting, more emotionally gripping, and more relevant to our times. Gillan's poems are not based on the image or metaphor, but rather the line.  She writes in the vernacular, a strong, conversational voice that only a few American poets have successfully sustained.     read more...