Dreamers' Songs: Nancy Bevilaqua's Poems

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Month: January, 2015

First Goodreads Review of Gospel of the Throwaway Daughter

This morning I awakened to find a wonderful, perceptive review by Philip Dodd (author of Angel War) of my new poetry collection, Gospel of the Throwaway Daughter. In part, it reads:

Bravely, in her new book, Nancy Bevilaqua leaves behind the things she knows well, her life in America and modern times, and journeys into the East, and into the past, to what is now known as the Holy Land, two thousand years ago. Cleverly, in her poems, she has created a world, influenced by her reading of the New Testament and the Gnostic Gospels, but one that is very much her own. That the poems read like translations of ancient texts into modern English is a great achievement, I think. It makes the poems seem authentic. The voice that speaks in the verses, quite cleverly, is not that of a modern woman, but one that lived in the Holy Land, long ago. They are about those things that are always there, that will never go, love, truth, hate, death, redemption, prejudice, tyranny, freedom. The voice that speaks in the verses makes the reader aware of the threat of the Roman soldiers, the lions in the courtyard, the leopard on the branch, how bare life was then, closer to the bone, the root of things

To read the rest of the review, go here:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1139311064?book_show_action=false&ref=ru_lihp_up_rv_6_mclk-exp71cell164_exp69cell155-up2108920068

http://www.amazon.com/dp/150010759X

Two of My Poems Now Up at Construction Literary Magazine

My poems “Levi, Ephesus” (from my new poetry collection Gospel of the Throwaway Daughter) and “Pueblos” (inspired by my visits to the Zuni and Acoma pueblos some years ago) are now up at the newly redesigned Construction Literary Magazine. The editors did a really beautiful job. Here’s the link:

http://constructionlitmag.com/the-arts/poetry/nancy-bevilaqua/

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