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Mad Dogs of Trieste - SAVE 50%!

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New and Selected Poems, 1975-2000

by Janine Pommy Vega

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Black Sparrow Press

ISBN: 978-1-57423-126-7
Pages: 276
Size: 5.91" x 8.96"
Published: April 2000
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In Mad Dogs of Trieste, mythic figures glide past like giants over the landscape, showing the reader Vega's passionate response to the death of her father, mother, friends and former times. Other poems repeat the call to get up, leave everything, go where one has never been. Janine Pommy Vega’s writings are intensely autobiographical, following closely in the footsteps of her life-journey: they are the poetic record of her experience-hungry travels through the world and her spiritual retreats into herself; her work with public school children and delinquent youth, and with the inmates and staff of the New York State prison system; her friendships and her love affairs, her farewells and her lingering memories. For this major retrospective volume, she has selected the best lyrics, protests, portraits, and elegies from her first twenty-five years of writing.

In Vega's poetry there is a living language, a living human being. . . She goes to many places [and], like Henry Miller, always 'tears off a piece.' —Jennifer Stone, KPFA FM
An honest and passionate road map to her soul, a book describing one poet's life as a pilgrimage toward herself. It is an exhilarating trip. —American Book Review
Janine Pommy Vega

Janine Pommy Vega published her first book, Poems to Fernando, with City Lights in 1968 as part of their City Lights Pocket Poets Series. During the early-1970s, Vega lived as a hermit on the Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca on the Bolivian-Peruvian border. Out of this self-imposed exile came Journal of a Hermit and Morning Passage. Her most recent book with Black Sparrow is The Green Piano.