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by V. Penelope Pelizzon
Ohio University Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-8214-1298-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8214-4116-9 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1299-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3566.E385N67 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

In choosing the winning manuscript for the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, judge Andrew Hudgins remarked: “With immense poetic verve, Pelizzon finds flamboyance in places where it has been forgotten and brings it back to vivid life -- and she sees it for what it is. Her vision is then both passionate and dispassionate at the same time, a maturity of perspective that is just one of the many accomplishments of this superb first book.”

In Nostos (the voyage of return) V. Penelope Pelizzon demonstrates again and again a worldly perspective, made clear and complex by her intelligence that is itself a treat to witness at play. Whether set in a Purgatory garden or on the platform of a bombed train station, these poems enthrall with language that is, in the words of one reader, “both the vehicle for vision and the vision itself.”

Nostos is indeed a voyage -- of the mind and heart -- guided by Pelizzon's compelling images and rhythms and one that returns us to where we started, but not unchanged.

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