September 17,2009 – Come CELEBRATE the poetry of Toronto’s Poet Laureate, PIER GIORGIO DI CICCO

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SEPTEMBER 17th

a CELEBRATION of the poetry of Toronto’s Poet Laureate, PIER GIORGIO DI CICCO

and the launch of his new book, “Names of Blessing”, published by Novalis.

PLEASE NOTE START TIME – 8:00 SHARP,

FEATURED POET: PIER GIORGIO DI CICCO

and SPECIAL GUESTS:

MYNA WALLIN

DAVID CLINK

SONIA DI PLACIDO

EWAN WHYTE

MOEZ SURANI

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New Poetry by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco: “Names of Blessing

“Endlessly Inventive, shamelessly lyrical, at once worldly and other-worldly…a gift for tongues” – The National Post

Poet Laureate of Toronto and author of over twenty books, Pier Girogio Di Cicco once again delights and astounds in his latest collection of poetry. Replete with epigrammatic wisdom and zen-like inspiration it is an entry point into the imagination and spirituality of a man who has served as a priest, an urban consultant, and a passionate poet.

The poems are love songs: they speak to the heart and from the heart, they soar and lilt; they are epiphanies of affection and conduits of grace; they disclose the innermost feelings of the lover; they are unabashed celebrations of the Divine Lover.

In Di Cicco’s characteristic free verse the reader flows on a sensitive current rife with imagistic language. These poems are playful, energetic, filled with love, outrage, humility and regret. They bring the reader to a closer contemplation of what it is to be filled with grace in the modern urban world.

About the Author:

Nathan Philips Laureate wPier Giorgio Di Cicco was born in Arezzo, Italy, and was raised in Baltimore, Montreal, and Toronto. He currently resides in the countryside north of Toronto. He is the author of over thirteen books of poems from 1975 to 1986 including The Tough Romance, Dancing in the House Of Cards, Flying Deeper into the Century, and Virgin Science: Hunting Holistic Paradigms. He withdrew from the world of letters to join a monastery in 1986 and re-emerged in 2001 to publish Living in Paradise – New and Selected Poems with Mansfield Press. He has been the Emilio Goggio Visiting Professor in Italian-Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto, and in 2004 he was named as the Poet Laureate for the City of Toronto.


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