I thought elvis was italian

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By: Domenico Capilongo

April 2008
88 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-22-6

**Shortlisted for the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize**

Karate, fatherhood, travel, and Italian-Canadian identity are the cornerstones of this sinewy premiere collection by Toronto poet Domenico Capilongo. Capilongo skillfully manipulates narrative, lyric and experimental poetic devices to disclose powerful personal journeys - whether back into childhood or into love - that radiate insight, courage, and wisdom. An outstanding debut collection cherishing family and the ties that bind us to one another. See a video of his reading at the Toronto launch here.


Poetry Review for the Year 2008 (Paul W. Harland, Journal of Canadian Poetry Volume 25, 2/1/2011). "Capilongo’s poems often demonstrate a lightness of tough of either wit or observation that is promising.”

Review (Carmelo Militano, Prairie Fire Magazine, 7/4/2009). "All is done with clarity, feeling, and some sly understated humour."

Italian Canadians: Writing from the Edge to Find the Centre (Michael Mirolla, Accenti, 3/6/2009). "Capilongo's strongest point his ability to use the ingredients for the defining of an Italian-Canadian identity to produce writing that transcends that identity."

Reader's Diary #448 - Domenico Capilongo: I thought elvis was italian (John Mutford, The Book Mine Set, 2/6/2009). "There's a vein of humility, curiosity, imagination and discovery that runs through the book and it's all quite charming."

Shining debut from Domenico Capilongo (Rita Simonetta, Tandem News, 5/6/2008). "A collection of poems by a bright and rising star who takes readers on a journey they won't soon forget."


At his book launch on June 3rd 2008 at Nicholas Hoare Books in Toronto, Domenico read a selection from his new book, I thought elvis was italian (Wolsak and Wynn, Spring 2008).

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