Inside the book

The poetry throughout this collection is simply stunning: there is so much grace, modesty, rhythm and precision. And the arrangement of the poems is impeccable. Not for a very long time have I read a collection so perfect, so real and to the point. This is poetry one could read again and again, for one’s heart, for the beauty of the words. 

—Arleen Paré, author of Lake of Two Mountains (Governor-General’s Award for Poetry) and The Girls with Stone Faces 

Whether using couplets, triplets,quatrains or prose poetry, he writes with great alertness, experienced gravity and quick wit. These are poems to learn from, be moved by, and above all enjoy for all their fresh details of observation and vision and the very human voices they create. 

—Brian Bartlett, poet, essayist, and editor of The Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan 

Antony Di Nardo’s fifth collection of poetry confronts questions of whether what goes missing is gone for good and what it means to be immortalized. Rituals of loss are explored and iterated. Our vain dismissal of the natural world as something that exists apart from us is put on hold. Regardless how dire, there is no lack of wit or humour in these poems. His language has a mind of its own. He writes “accuracy and algorithms are not for poets/... a poet just gets lucky and finds what’s missing.” GONE MISSNG is also a survey of “things that don’t belong,” steeped in language that surprises as well as juxtaposes the mundane to the ecstatic. Di Nardo’s poetry might revel in the absurd, but it is as essential as seeing without eyes, poems “incumbent on/what reveals/the earth ...” These are poems that renew the plain and simple with imagery that sticks like Velcro to mind and memory. 

From “Nothing Gone, Nothing Missing in Antony Di Nardo ́s Gone Missng”

Miguel Iglesias, Professor of English, Holguin University 

Cobourg, Ontario

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