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Eye to Eye


Magazine_EyeToEyeEye to Eye: Poems by Maria Terrone, TMC ’72 (Bordighera Press)

In poems inspired by her native New York and Italian heritage, Maria Terrone sees “eye to eye” with life’s daily mysteries. Her meditations on old friendships and the body’s impermanence bear eloquent witness to what is passing, what has passed, and what remains. In “Lace,” for example, she writes of girls in “small Mediterranean towns” who make “lace as intricate as brain circuitry.” She marvels at their work and finds a hopeful metaphor in what she sees: “When the world is like a skein / unraveling, look again to the lace: see / how absence forms its pattern, / and purpose fills even the smallest space.”


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