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Author Judith Baumel
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Section Espresso Book Machine Books / Poetry / Printed Here
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781646334865

Passeggiata means stroll in Italian and this book takes us on a series of urgent walks and conversations. With characters from classical pastoral poems reborn as contemporary Sicilians and Bronxites, these poems depict love and war, lyric and loss, justice and anger. The otherworldly names hide and unveil, distance us and bring us close to essential questions. Refracting the wisdom of the Bible, Theocritus, Virgil, Milton, W.E.B. Du Bois, Wallace Stevens and Adrienne Rich, among others, these poems confront contemporary social and political disasters.

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Judith Baumel’s previous books are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won The Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Now, and The Kangaroo Girl, which was named a top five poetry book of 2011 by The Forward. She is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University.

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