Emanuel di Pasquale, assistant professor of English and poet-in-residence at Middlesex County College, recently published a new work of poetry. Entitled “Harvest,” the work consists of 41 poems that look at nature, the connection between men and women, and basic human passions. It has both a New Jersey – and Jersey shore – focus, and includes themes of fate and mortality.
“It is powerful and intense poetry, clearly and directly expressed, in a language that is of great lyrical beauty,” Professor Di Pasquale says. “It evokes the work of Neruda, the ancient Chinese poets, and Aeschylus.”
Professor di Pasquale’s work has been praised by noted poets.
He “writes out of strong experience, and by insisting on accuracy, he comes out both simple and surprising,” said Richard Wilbur, who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. “He’s never decorative: there is always something human happening, and his words are close to it.”
To celebrate the publication of “Harvest,” the Middlesex County College Bookstore will hold a reception on Wednesday, October 5 from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Professor di Pasquale is the Middlesex County College poet-in-residence and has written numerous poems about the College. He is also editor in chief of “Middlesex: A Literary Journal.” Born in Sicily in 1943, he came to the United States as a teenager. His published translations include Silvio Ramat’s “Sharing a Trip; Selected Poems,” which was winner of the Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship. In 1998 he won the Bordighera Poetry Prize for his translation of Joe Salerno’s “Song of the Tulip Tree.” In addition, Professor Di Pasquale has published 13 books of his own poetry, the four latest being “Cartwheel to the Moon” (2003), “Europa” (2006), “Writing Anew; New and Selected Poems” (2007) and “Siciliana” (2009).
He has a new work that will be released in October: a translation of Dante’s Vita Nuova, published by Xenos books.