Carla Scarano D'Antonio was born in Italy but is now British by nationality. She remains Italian at heart, if only by virtue of her love of cooking and of family. In 'Negotiating Caponata', her first collection of poems, she tells of family loves and losses, with food as a metaphor in the telling.
Find out more about Carla's work on her website, here: www.carlascaranod.co.uk
'I really enjoyed this collection. ... The intensity of the family relationships is graphically captured with great sensitivity, and the sense of pain and regret that runs through the book like a watermark grounds the poems. The final poems look at the beginning of a new life, so the collection finally moves away from the trials of family life and the collection ends on a positive and upbeat note.'
Review published on London Grip, September 2020 here: https://londongrip.co.uk/2020/09/london-grip-poetry-review-carla-scarano-dantonio/
'An Italian heritage and emotional restraint are perfectly blended in Carla Scarano D’Antonio’s poetry. Food serves as a natural and effective symbol in her poems, which are engaging, sustaining and finely-judged.'
— Dawn Wood
'From caponata to carbonara, these poems are rich with a Mediterranean sensibility; a number of them are about the symbolic importance, sensuality, and comfort of food. The observation is precise; the words are selected and measured with care. Family history, a father’s final days, a mother and her cyclamens, and an acute assessment of the seasons all contribute to this simmering assimilation, to savour and enjoy.'
— Greg Freeman (contributor & past editor at Write Out Loud)
'I read these poems convinced that Carla Scarano D’Antonio not only loves the human race with all its quirks, weaknesses and occasional glories; she faces up to difficult issues without inflicting glib judgments on the reader. She recognises “the importance of imperfection”, a message beautifully conveyed in ‘In touch with my daughter in Tokyo’: “The impersonal networking / warms me up, though infertile / reminds me of the importance of imperfection / in our infernal autonomy.”This is a wonderful collection. I thoroughly enjoyed the satisfying complexity of poems such as ‘Negotiating Caponata’, which is so much more than a recipe, and am haunted by the lingering beauty of words that most of us can only chase in dreams.'
– Heather Cook (read her whole review www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=105032
'[Negotiating Caponata] is concerned with the urge to commit to family life (despite the memories of past abuse), especially her daughter and the memory of the love of her mother ... this is a pamphlet she can rightly be proud of.'
— Rodney Wood (Read the whole review in The Blue Nib here: https://thebluenib.com/carla-scarano-dantonios-negotiating-caponata-reviewed-by-rodney-wood/
Negotiating Caponata was launched in an online event hosted by Janice Dempsey on 15th July 2020. Read Greg Freeman's review of the event here: https://wokingwriters.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/carla-scarano-dantonio-launches-negotiating-caponata-poetry-collection/
'Negotiating Caponata' by Carla Scarano D'Antonio
published on July 1st 2020
Paperback, 14.8 x 21,0 cm
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