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Selected Poetry of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

i have thought of these things, & my heart is on fire
for them. a man goes to these places
& decides for himself which way the
sun shall fall on his eyes.
        (Too Much has Resisted Us, 10-13)
  1. Afternoons in May
  2. America
  3. Brain Litany: Or, Overlooking the Existential Factor
  4. Cowboy on Horse in Desert
  5. The Exile
  6. Flying Deeper into the Century
  7. God and the Fifties
  8. he fell into my arms and said (excerpt)
  9. I Want You to See
  10. Imbiancato
  11. Male Rage Poem
  12. The Most Extraordinary Women in the World
  13. The Poetry Bus
  14. The Priest
  15. The Science Masquerade
  16. Sherbourne Morning
  17. That First Year
  18. Too Much has Resisted Us

Notes on Life and Works

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, born in Arezzo, Italy, in 1949, grew up in Montreal, Toronto, and Baltimore, and then moved to Toronto in 1967, where he studied as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto until the early 1970s. In his first career, as poet and literary editor, he paused after his eleventh collection of poems, Virgin Science (1986). Two years earlier he had taken vows as a brother in the Order of St. Augustine at the Marylake monastery north of Toronto. His second vocation, as a Roman Catholic priest, followed his Master of Divinity degree in 1990. In 1993 he was ordained as Father George and has served in various parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto. During this time he rekindled his public life as a poet. A lover of women when young, and of God especially today, Di Cicco reminds one of John Donne, but unlike that gloomy Anglican bishop of London, he is a most gentle, cheerful, and big-hearted priest, and his poems are heart-breakingly compassionate of ordinary people and their lives. These poems are also, as Dennis Lee says, heroic. His books of poetry include

Biographical information

Given name: Pier Giorgio
Family name: Di Cicco
Birth date: 5 July 1949
Nationality: Canadian
Ethnicity: Italian
          University of Toronto (B.A.) to 1973
          University of Toronto (B.Ed.) to 1976
          University of Toronto (divinity) to 1990
Religion: Roman Catholic
Occupation: Priest
          Arezzo, Italy: 1949 to 1952
          Montreal, Quebec: 1952 to 1956
          Toronto, Ontario: 1956 to 1958
          Baltimore, Maryland: 1958 to 1967
First RPO edition: 2003