he has learned to bend
this country has taken everything
in some forgotten lifetime
only years of feeling strange
in the evenings
for my father
he was thirty-one
he bends easily at fifty-seven
the government sends him
lui ha imparato il modo
questo paese gli ha tolto ogni cosa
in un tempo ormai dimenticato
per lo più
per anni e anni sentirsi spaesati
per mio padre
aveva 31 anni
ora che ha 57 anni è del tutto piegato
il governo gli invia
Traduzione ©Franca Alaimo
Gianna is an award winning author of 9 books of poetry and a book for children and has read her work in Canada, USA, Yale University, Purdue, Calumet, New York, Paterson New Jersey and in Italy at the University of Udine, Bologna and Naples Orientale.
Her work is extensively anthologized and has been adapted for both stage and radio dramas and featured in the documentary Enigmatico, Pier 21, The Italian/Canadians and Three Women, Adapting Lives, Adopting Lines.
She was the first recipient of the Arts and Science award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Bressani Prize in 2009 for her collection My Etruscan Face and runner-up to the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry award for her book Italian Women and Other Tragedies, which is now in its 4th printing and translated into Italian in 2009 and presented at the University of Napoli, Orientale and Bologna.
Gianna’s book of short stories, All My Fallen Angelas was inspired by the lives of Italian/Canadian women in Toronto, published in 2016 by Inanna Publications. She is working on a novel and a new book of poetry.
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