Ciao, Baby

Description

93 pages
$12.00
ISBN 1-55071-096-6
DDC C811'.54

Publisher

Year

1999

Contributor

Reviewed by Olga Costopoulos

Olga Costopoulos teaches English at the University of Alberta.

Review

Gianna Patriarca’s third book is a collection of poems about the lives
of immigrant women. Most are autobiographical, or at least have a
first-person speaker. Patriarca must be the last person writing in
Canada to affect the lower-case “I,” which is mostly a visual
irritant. Some of the poems are good, such as “The Other Woman,” a
witty poem about the Blessed Virgin Mary as “the other woman.” The
majority of the poems, however, are almost formulaic, reading more as
very ordinary prose broken into very short lines. The pause required at
the line break fails to add profundity to the words.

Citation

Patriarca, Gianna., “Ciao, Baby,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 26, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/8495.