Compulsively confessional and cracking-wise, The Nonnets is an utterly unique alchemy of poetry and comedy.
Aaron Giovanonne's latest collection is a book-length sequence of 'nonnets'--nine-line poems that Giovannone handles with ruthless dexterity. Capturing transformations from first dates to goodbye texts, from mama's boy to unrepentant shoplifter, from post-industrial downtown to eleventh-century Italian monastery, these poems present a kaleidoscopic world that careens wildly between despair and ecstasy.
About the author
Aaron Giovannone is a poet, critic, translator, and teacher. His publications include the chapbook Castelliri (No Press, 2007), as well as poems, reviews and articles in numerous periodicals. He is currently working on a new English translation of twentieth-century Italian poet Sandro Penna. Aaron spent a year at the Università di Siena with funding from the International Council for Canadian Studies, and has been the recipient of grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Originally from St. Catharines in Ontario’s Niagara Region, Aaron is now completing a PhD in English and creative writing at the University of Calgary.
"With the poetic dexterity of a maestro, Aaron Giovannone's The Nonnets takes us on a hilarious and unpredictable journey. If these amazing poems don't make you think about how wondrous and doomed we are, if they don't make you laugh and cry, then you are dead inside." --Adam Dickinson, author of The Polymers, finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry
"There's a marvellousness in every single one of Aaron Giovannone's magic nonnets: exquisite, surprising, crystalline bursts of light. The Nonnets is a book of the marvellous--its beauty and intelligence astound me." --Jake Kennedy, winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and author of Apollinaire's Speech to the War Medic and Merz Structure No. 2 Burnt by Children at Play