The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart: Poems (Paperback)


By Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Persea Books, 9780892553150, 68pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2005



Whether in the title poem, spoken by those who lived longingly and vicariously through the famous missing aviator, or in "Circus Fire, 1944," which intimately recounts a haunting New England tragedy, Gabrielle Calvocoressi uses her prodigious gifts of imagination and empathy to give voice to the hope and heartbreak of small-town America. In painstaking, vernacular verse, she conveys the ambitions and failings of a distraught populacein the edgy jazz portrait, "Suite Billy Strayhorn," for example, or the enthralling, interwoven sequence, "At the Adult Drive-In," which conveys, at once, a personal and communal corruption. Penetrating and compassionate, "The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart" portrays, with a storyteller's arc, the troubled landscape of the left-behind.