|ARE YOU WONDERING
ABOUT THE TITLE OF THIS BOOK?
Dad’s snacks are one of many curiosities in
this enchanting collection.
Poet Linda Levitz’s dedication in the title poem of her new collection, Eating Sardines at Midnight, is short—two short words, one syllable each—but it is too deep to be skipped over. There are two Lindas in the poem: the embarrassed teenage girl who scorned her father’s eccentricity, and the mature poet remembering with regret how she rejected her father’s midnight snacks. “Why didn’t I smile, sample a sardine, try to please hardworking, gentle Dad?“
Dad shows up in other poems, wearing his favorite Borsalino hat. In one he arrives at Linda’s friend’s house to take Linda home. With their first steps out of the house, they slip and tumble down fifty icy steps to the street level, miraculously unhurt. Was it the special hat that saved them? Perhaps. Later, when Dad dies Linda requests that he be buried in his Borsalino, she’s told that’s against the rules. In Linda’s dream, though, Dad floats above the Colosseum, wearing his Borsalino, “his best clothes at last.”
Linda Levitz devotes many poems in Eating Sardines at Midnight, to family members—mother, grandmother, siblings. She has poetic kinship with the plant kingdom, from gardens to the forest. She has a captivating narrative style that also branches out with reinvented folklore, even to eerie made-up words that need no definitions.
Linda Levitz lives and writes in Ardsley, New York, where she also works in the Special Education department of the local elementary school. She has worked for the French Embassy Cultural Services, and was the New York editor of French News, a magazine about French-American cultural exchanges. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals. She is the author of four previous collections, Trusting the Stones, The Dark Face of Planting, Directions to My House and Creatures Who Smell the Wind.
||Eating Sardines at Midnight—Poems
by Linda Levitz
104 pages, paperback, $15.00
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