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My poetry is often connected to placeness and to mythology, but is rooted in concrete things and often in working class life. My poems just as often mention Winslow Homer or Bach as they do dovetail joints or rusted pocket knives. My later poems have concerned a brush with cancer; those poems should appear in my second book, Blessing the House. As a teacher, I've worked with veterans and a variety of students at St. Petersburg College. Their poems are startlingly varied and deep.
Rita Ciresi is the author of four novels--Blue Italian, Pink Slip, Remind Me Again Why I Married You, and Bring Back My Body to Me--and two short-story collections, Sometimes I Dream in Italian and Mother Rocket. She is professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a mentor for the Bay Path University online MFA program in nonfiction, and fiction editor of 2 Bridges Review.