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The House Is Past: Poems 1978-1998
Guernica Editions, Fall 2000
164 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550711257
ISBN10: 1550711253
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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This collection brings together writing from a period spanning 1978-1998. It is the compilation of a portion of a life spent in a language that is borrowed and adapted, the document of an instance of cultural transition and transformation. The poetic trajectory is not simply linear and transformative, because Pasquale Verdicchio engages a variety of forms and manipulates language towards the integration of many cultural sources. The tide of the collection, reminiscent of Adorno, is a reflection on this possibility of working in tandem between languages and cultures, between histories and existences. The House is Past refers to the house as both a place of historical reference and historical loss. The past is a point of departure and reference, and the house a flexible construct, the materials of which are assembled according to the poet's cultural needs.

Books by Pasquale Verdicchio

Approaches to Absence Dark Man Duologue: On Culture and Identity Fosfeni Moving Landscape Nomadic Trajectory Passenger: Selected Poems The House Is Past: Poems 1978-1998 The Southern Question The Wall of the Earth This Nothing's Place Women and Lovers