Full flavored, wise, and wildly alive, Salvatore Marici’s poetry rings and beats in your head as he travels through the Amazon, Guatemala, Sicily, doctor’s offices, arenas, kitchens, and the Midwest. From one poem to the next, there is a connected cord. The imagery these poems project will have you swishing, swirling, and sniffing amidst the senses as well as becoming at one with the present. An enchanting array of rhythmic encounters, sensual visions, perceptive reflections of mysteries and magic, that will have you dancing and mingling with spirits, talking to, and laugh with deities. Wild imagery of both exotic and mundane places, but all thrive in his writing. Poetry that has you tasting, smelling, and savoring the flavor of a kitchen.
“With tight language and concrete imagery Salvatore Marici paints a landscape narrative spanning Santa Flavia, Sicily, to the Chicago skyline, the meditative soul to the lousy Cubs; South America to working the soil with his bare hands, all to grow the words that are Swish Swirl & Sniff. Marici’s Peace Corps experience has sharpened this poet’s eye to lazar sharp awareness that turns truth into beauty and song.” – Xavier Cavazos, Visiting Writer, Central Washington University, Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellow & authorDiamond Grove Slave Tree
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Salvatore Marici is the author of two poetry books. The first, a chapbook, is entitled: Mortals, Nature, and their Spirits. He was the 2010 Midwest Writing Center’s poet-in-residence. He has won and placed in several poetry contests. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently: Circle Magazine, Slow Trains, Descant, Nefarious Ballerina, Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Spillway Magazine, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. Marici served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and he is a civil servant retiree, who worked for the Army, mainly with the job title Agronomists. At both jobs, he managed natural resources. He performs his poetry during the Bucktown Revue in the Quad Cities.