Ancestor’s Song


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Poetry. Italian American Studies. Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s Ancestors’ Song takes the reader on a journey, one in which she recognizes deep within herself “the voices of the women who came before,” their words blending together, forming, as she tells the reader, “the beat I move to.” This beat is very much a part of the narrative she weaves in her characteristically honest, intimate, and humorous voice. This beat is true, hard working, strong; a beat that began in the villages on the mountaintops in San Mauro, Italy, and continues to the present day, illuminating the path for those that will follow. These poems will move you to laughter, to tears, and a mixture of both, and are proof that Gillan is at the peak of her career. She is truly one of America’s most beloved poets.


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