To Forget Venice by Peg Boyers
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To Forget Venice is the improbable challenge and the title of Peg Boyers’s newest collection of poems. The site of several unforgettable years of her adolescence, the place she has returned to more frequently than any other, the city of Venice is both adored and reviled by the speakers in this varied and unconventionally polyphonic work. The voices we hear in these poems belong not only to characters like the mother of Tadzio (think Death in Venice), or the companion of Vladimir Ilych Lenin, or the Victorian prophet John Ruskin and his wife, Effie, but also to wall moss, and sand, and—most especially—an authorial speaker who in 1965, at age thirteen, landed in Venice and never quite recovered from the formative experiences that shaped her there. Ranging over several stages of a life that features adolescent heartbreak and betrayal, marriage and children, friendship and loss, the book insistently addresses the author’s desire to get to the bottom of her obsession with a place that has imprinted itself so profoundly on her consciousness.

About Peg Boyers

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Peg Boyers is a lecturer in the English Department at Skidmore College and the executive editor of Salmagundi. She is also on the poetry faculty of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Her previous books include Hard Bread and Honey with Tobacco, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Published October 29, 2014 by University Of Chicago Press. 86 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Boyers invokes the atmospheric city of Venice, addressing both its dream-like ephemerality and its Shakespearean underbelly of duplicity, sexuality, and debris. Cymbals and drums/ confirm it all, sh

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