What My Father Taught Me


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Bordighera Press
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6.0 X 0.23 X 9.0 inches | 0.33 pounds
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About the Author

Maria Giura, PhD, is also the author of What My Father Taught Me, a collection of memory poems, which was a finalist for the Paterson Book Prize. Her writing has appeared in several journals including Prime Number, Presence, VIA, Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo, and Lips. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Center for Women Writers and is a judge for the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize. Giura has taught Literature and Writing at St. John's University, Montclair State University, and Binghamton University where she earned her doctorate in English. She lives in NYC.


Maria Giura's What My Father Taught Me is brave, tender, and full of passion--a book any reader will want to keep on a bedside table to read over and over. Giura is a powerful poet simply because she keeps writing when she is most afraid and explores the issues of family, faith, and longing with an honesty and reverence that leave us in awe.

---Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Book Award winner

These memory poems by Maria Giura are so rich in place and peopled with such vivid lives that one has the double pleasure of reading a book of poems and a "vita." She is a rare poet who can handle the deepest matters of spirituality and the perfectly rendered details of everyday life in the same poem. Like her father making the most difficult of pastries, a sfogiatelle, Giura makes her reader feel as if these poems took a lifetime to write, but are as delicate and graceful as a dab of sunlight.

--Joe Weil, What Remains, The Plumber's Apprentice, The Great Grandmother Light, New and Selected Poems, and A Night in Duluth

In this collection, Maria Giura offers us a slice of life seasoned with the reality of family bonds and her search for wholeness. Readers will be grateful for having had the chance to "hear" Maria, to enjoy the beautiful precision of language and emotion that she has set forth in these pages.

---Father Carl J. Arico, A Taste of Silence: Centering Prayer and the Contemplative Journey and Co-founder of Contemplative Outreach