The Iliac Crest

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  • Copyright: 2017-10-10
  • Publisher: Feminist Pr
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Often sentimentalized as nurturing through food, Italian American women have continually struggled against this stereotype to speak of the realities of their lives. In The Milk of Almonds, more than 50 writers speak in voices that are loud, boisterous, sweet, savvy, and often subversively comical. Drawing on personal and cultural memory rooted in experiences of food, here Italian American women dissolve conventional images, replacing them with a sumptuous, communal feast of poetry, stories, and memoir. Though they begin with food, the writers in this collection quickly carry the reader into unexpected terrain as they bear witness to experiences often considered unspeakable. A deeply satisfying literary banquet, The Milk of Almonds is an unprecedented collection, amply revising all received notions of what it means to be an Italian American woman. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Editors' Notep. xii
Introductionp. 1
Rose and Pink and Roundp. 17
Aperitivop. 22
Mother Hunger and Her Seatbeltp. 24
Beer. Milk. The Dog. My Old Manp. 27
Our Fatherp. 28
Italian Grocerp. 37
Smoke and Firep. 38
Outsidep. 44
Sacred Hearts and Tarp. 45
Kitchen Communionp. 49
Dizzy Spellsp. 56
My Children's Namesp. 64
Jazzmanp. 65
Bedtime Storyp. 65
The Seven Sacramentsp. 67
Kissing the Breadp. 76
Pomegranatep. 78
The Anthology Poemsp. 81
The Prodigal Daughterp. 82
The Giara of Memoryp. 84
Go to Hellp. 95
Motherlovep. 101
We Begin with Foodp. 102
Breakfast in My Seventeenth Yearp. 104
Bone, Veins, and Fatp. 105
Big Heartp. 112
The Origins of Milkp. 121
Crackedp. 123
Brokep. 130
Other People's Foodp. 135
What I Ate Wherep. 143
The Stereotypep. 148
My Grandmother, a Chicken, and Deathp. 148
"No Thank You, I Don't Care for Artichokes"p. 150
Hot Peppersp. 152
If You Were a Boyp. 152
Tridicinu and 'Mmaculatap. 153
She's doing the dishesp. 158
Pasta poemp. 159
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinnerp. 160
I Can Be Breadp. 167
Finocchiop. 168
Pomodorip. 170
Lovers and other dead animalsp. 175
Tripep. 175
Let Them Eat Cakep. 176
Parablep. 182
Rosettep. 182
Basilp. 189
Love Lettucep. 190
The Roomp. 198
Hungerp. 200
Dealing with Broccoli Rabep. 205
Sundayp. 205
The Ovenp. 214
Ravioli, Artichokes, and Figsp. 216
Seventeenth Street: Paterson, New Jerseyp. 222
Passing It Onp. 222
You Were Always Escapingp. 223
Poemp. 225
Coffee an'p. 227
Jeaniep. 235
Working Menp. 236
Moving In and Moving Upp. 237
Fatsop. 239
The Lives of the Saintsp. 249
After We Bury Herp. 252
Ma, Who Told Me You Forgot How to Cryp. 252
The Day Anna Stopped Making A-Beetzp. 254
My Mother's Career at Skip's Luncheonettep. 258
Secret Gardensp. 259
The Exegesis of Eatingp. 261
The Vinegarroonp. 269
Triple Bypassp. 273
Last Supperp. 274
New Year's Evep. 275
Baked Zitip. 276
What They'll Say in a Thousand Yearsp. 285
Polentap. 295
Lament in Good Weatherp. 299
Mafiosop. 299
Picking Apricots with Zia Antoniap. 300
Mortadellap. 301
Keep the Wheat and Let the Chaff Liep. 308
The Northside at Sevenp. 310
Wordsp. 312
How to Sing to a Dagop. 320
The Post-Rapture Dinerp. 321
Cutting the Breadp. 322
About the Contributorsp. 333
Creditsp. 343
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