Written as a kind of historical narrative in verse, the poems in this collection depict the coming of age and sexual awareness of the great Italian writer and film director, Pier Paolo Pasolini. The time of this story is World War II; the place is German-occupied northern Italy. Unlike his younger brother, Guido, who took up arms to fight in the resistance, Pasolini chose to help his mother set up a school for the boys too young to fight or be conscripted. The situation ignited an internal war for the young Pasolini that nearly eclipsed the historical moment: a battle within between his desire for boys and his Catholic faith and culture. In addition to the poems that juxtapose Pasolini's struggle against the backdrop of political and cultural fascism, the book also includes a prologue and an epilogue that details the authorÓ³ pilgrimage to the site and her research into the time that shaped Pasolini as a man and as an artist.
Mary di Michele is the author of 10 books, including the poetry collection Stranger in You and the novel Tenor of Love. She teaches at Concordia University in the creative writing program. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.