Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780226069647 Published April 2002
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226069654 Published April 2002

Hard Bread

Peg Boyers

Hard Bread
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Peg Boyers

112 pages | 6-1/8 x 8-1/2 | © 2002
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780226069647 Published April 2002
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780226069654 Published April 2002
The poems in Peg Boyers's Hard Bread are "spoken" in the imagined voice of the Italian writer, Natalia Ginzburg (1916-91). While much of the book is based on Ginzburg's life—her upbringing in Turin; her brief marriage to the resistance activist, Leone Ginzburg; her experience of Fascism and war; her work as novelist, playwright, editor, and newspaper columnist; her embattled friendships with writers like Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ernest Hemingway, and Cesare Pavese—much is invented. The result is a book by turns melancholy and acerbic, mournful and satiric, contemplative and combative.

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Note
I
Coat
Offertory: Blood Oranges
Essay On Marriage
My Psychoanalysis
II
He Hates, He Loves
The Theater of Words
Journal Entry, London (1960)
Let Us Mourn An Unknown Writer
Ode to Ernest
Letter to a Suicide
For Primo Levi
The Voice in the Arbor
Open Letter to Alberto Moravia
Reading Elizabeth Bishop
Letter from Amherst, 1976
III
Caro Leone
Prison Box
Memoria: Regina Coeli Prison
Translation
Anniversary: March 24, 1984
Black Shirt
IV
The First Thing to Go
Elegy
Letter to a Damaged Daughter
Apparition: View from San Miniato
Adult Children
The Dream of Music
Last Words
Epilogue: L'Intervista
Notes
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