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not a nun's diary

by (author) Concetta Principe

DC Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2013
General, Canadian
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    Mar 2013
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Concetta Principe's deeply intimate Walking explores religious difference and secular politics, God and promises through the meditative lens of prose poetry. Walking occurs in the mind through dreams, in memory and as a relentless process of bearing witness to the earthly, quotidian activities that challenge super-natural abstractions. As the unconverted pilgrim of the book eats nothing, she is led through these poems into encounters with God, birds, stones, and other humans who inhabit the stairways and closed doors of Jerusalem. Together, this collection of prose poems functions as a revelatory maze of mystery and discovery.

About the author

concetta principe writes poetry and fiction, and has published three previous works including walking (2013), Interference (1999) and Stained Glass (1997). She received a PhD in Humanities in 2014; a scholarly work came out with Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. She is a sessional professor of literature / creative writing at York and Trent Universities, and lives in Toronto. She has published in online journals such as Lemon Hound and The Rusty Toque, and in print journals such as The Malahat Review, Grain, and Matrix.

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Editorial Reviews

Compelling. Heart wrenching. Concetta Principe'sWalking: Not a Nun's Diarygrabbed me and would not let me go. Today's book of poetry would tell you that grace under pressure is where the hardest gems are formed. Principe is a flaneur in the Michael Herr fashion and these poems are like punches to the stomach, little bombs that you can't avoid, arrows straight to the heart. -- Michael Dennis, Today's book of poetry

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