Hour of the Ox

Cancio-Bello follows Last Train to the Midnight Market'(2013) with a second collection that makes clear the qualities that secured her the 2015 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Beginning with 'Anti-Elegy,' Cancio-Bello summons life and death as she embarks on a mythic journey into her family's past. Images of the sea and all that it contains, of travel and distant lands, create an ethereal setting. The emotional stronghold she creates using sparse language and vivid imagery fills the emptiness rendered by sadness and grief and expresses feelings of desire, obligation, and love. Drawing on the ancient tales of far-off places, Cancio-Bello contemplates the search for home and how the word home and the concept home establish themselves in our psyches and resonate with hidden meanings. As she prepares us for sorrow, she also reminds us of its retreat, and in this way emphasizes that life is an accumulation of experiences and perceptions.
Winner, 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

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Winner of the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, Hour of the Ox received the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Crystal Ann Williams, who called it “a timeless collection written by a poet of exceptional talent and grace, a voice as tough as it is tender.” Cancio-Bello examines the multiplicity of distance, wanderlust, and grief at the intersection between filial and cultural responsibility. Desires are sloughed off, replaced by new ones, re-cultivated as mythos. These poems offer a complex and necessary new perspective on the elegiac immigrant song.

72 Pages, 5.7 x 8.7 in.

October, 2016

isbn : 9780822964216

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Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of the poetry collection Last Train to the Midnight Market. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Poetry Fellowship and the inaugural John S. and James L. Knight Fellowship at Florida International University. She currently serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair, cofounding editor of Print-Oriented Bastards, and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, Narrative Magazine, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals.

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Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello