This collection of poems by the well kwn, invative and prize winning poet Victor di Suvero summarizes the experiences he has encountered in New Mexico since moving to Santa Fe some twenty years ago. From San Francisco and the Bay Area where he began his life in Poetry at the University of California where he was editor of the Occident, the literary magazine of the University and then shared in the days of the Beats and those memorable times. Born in Italy, raised in china and then arriving in the US as an antifascist political refugee before Pearl Harbor, he sailed as a merchant seaman during the War. Moving to New Mexico some twenty years ago, di Suvero brought his wide ranging experiences with him when confronted by the multicultural scene that exists today in the City Different. The poems presented here deal with subjects ranging from the building of a new life to the awareness that the politics of today are potentially dangerous to the planet itself. Intensely personal and yet far reaching, the poems touch family neighborhood and the country life in New Mexico as well as the broader issues that confront us all.
Living in New Mexico for the last 20 years, Victor di Suvero's involvement in the land and the people of his new home are reflected in the poems in this book. Born in Italy, growing up in China, and arriving in California in 1941 at the age of 13, he went to sea as a Merchant Seaman during WWII, to Berkeley University after that, and to a number of careers since then. Writing for more than 60 years, he still thinks poetry is as necessary as air, as water, as bread.