Synopses & Reviews
Edith Jacobson Begins to Fly is an unusual first book of poems. Patricia Zontelli, like Wanda Gag (author of Millions of Cats) before her, is both writer and painter - a melding of talents that emerges in the highly colorful and visual imagery that characterizes her poetry and gives it depth and resonance. The title sequence is a bold and imaginative statement about a woman's heroic - and zany - effort to define herself in a complex and attractive world, at once liberating, breathtaking, and responsible. Few poets we know of manage to be wonderfully comic and serious at the same time and in so many surprising ways. Edith Jacobson somehow can fly like crazy and still keep her feet on the ground. She is a mother-figure, a trickster, a witch, and an entirely believable and appealing woman. In other poems, Zontelli deals in fresh ways with ancestors, with marriage, with child/mother relationships, and in still others experiments with new forms and ways of writing poetry that promise a brilliant future.