To Make a Bridge (ePub)


To Make a Bridge, by Antonia Facciponte, is a sound symphony, cornucopia of culinary delights, full of recipes for connecting—families, generations, cultures and characters. Structured in “l’arte della famiglia et culinaria,” the poet-speaker shows how “bridge-making … [is] an act of creation,” connecting family with food, past with present
in metaphors of kneading bread, planting seeds, canning tomatoes. Poems, alive with “pulpy physicality” and specificity, are dusted with ink and flour, where “each word/ [is] a sonant bridge … reaching through sound to another soul,” where, just as in the kitchen transformation of “vegetable into ingredient,” each poem becomes “one storied bite/ in a feast.”

Kate Marshall Flaherty

author of Radiant and Reaching V

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To Make a Bridge sparks like a torch. With fierce light and not a little heat, it reveals the subtle passages of a life that moves among, beyond, and ever back to family. Antonia Facciponte’s poems are a cache of sumptuous recipes; a cabinet of heirlooms; a key in a lock.

Robert McGill, author of Once We Had a Country

It is an opera, serious, but also full of joy and life and, at times humour. The book (without sacrific- ing any of the major pieces or losing the thread of the themes of family and food) borrows its structure from opera. It has an overture, two major acts or portions, separated by a very moving intermezzo, and finished off with a finale. There are tragic notes, of course (no opera is complete without them) but also notes of exuberance. To Make a Bridge has arias, duets, choruses — everything that makes it worth reading and watching.

Bruce Meyer, author of Pressing Matters