To forget Venice by Peg Boyers

By Peg Boyers

To omit Venice is the inconceivable problem and the name of Peg Boyers’s latest number of poems. the location of numerous unforgettable years of her early life, where she has again to extra usually than the other, town of Venice is either loved and reviled by means of the audio system during this various and unconventionally polyphonic paintings. The voices we listen in those poems belong not just to characters just like the mom of Tadzio (think Death in Venice), or the significant other of Vladimir Ilych Lenin, or the Victorian prophet John Ruskin and his spouse, Effie, but in addition to wall moss, and sand, and—most especially—an authorial speaker who in 1965, at age 13, landed in Venice and not rather recovered from the formative reports that formed her there. Ranging over a number of phases of a lifestyles that includes adolescent heartbreak and betrayal, marriage and youngsters, friendship and loss, the booklet insistently addresses the author’s wish to resolve her obsession with a spot that has imprinted itself so profoundly on her consciousness.

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His terrace. He is her first Jewish Intellectual, a young scholar on a Fulbright photographing Venetian churches. Today, on the sly, he photographs her. It is not important. Only the sun is important, the bikini stencil it burns around her budding breasts, the terrace. There are fresh cherries too, and ice tea: so American she feels, so reassuringly American and adult, drinking ice tea, speaking English on the rooftop, at ease in a bikini, spitting pits into a green Murano dish. She is comfortable with men.

Do you hunger for solutions that do not exist? Do your appetites exceed your means? Come, find me along Rio Marin by the Zattere or beneath Ponte della Maddalena— Come, pick my ovoid leaves, grind them with a pestle, make of me a physic. Come! Eat me. Come! Believe my flimflam: Cure yourself with my self! 20 Grow resourceful. Become like me completely Venetian: cling to debris, favor ruin. 21 ii Crossing for Mrs. Sullivan Your death was for the best, they all agreed, for the best. In the photograph my plump parents raise a toast to the camera—china and crystal sparkling with the sequins adorning my mother’s bodice.

And they will read You, darling, You. If you ask me today What is to be done? here is my answer : send for me at once! All my love, Nadya 19 Wall Moss It’s said I cure madness. Brewed over fire, I hurry births. Wanted or not. I dwell in the interstices where rock meets rock, decisively in-between. Light, food, open space—they are not for me. What I need I take from dust, in the dark, on the sly. Do you hunger for solutions that do not exist? Do your appetites exceed your means? Come, find me along Rio Marin by the Zattere or beneath Ponte della Maddalena— Come, pick my ovoid leaves, grind them with a pestle, make of me a physic.

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