In The 13th Sunday after Pentecost, writer Joseph Bathanti offers poems that delve deep into a life re-imagined through a mythologized past. Moving from his childhood to the present, weaving through the Italian immigrant streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to his parochial school, from the ballpark to church and home again, these contemplative poems present a situation unique to the poet but familiar to us all. As Bathanti recalls the joys, struggles, and confusion of his formative years in the late fifties and into the sixties, he gains a deeper understanding of the often surreal, always paradoxical world around him.
Joseph Bathanti is professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University. He has published novels, nonfiction, and ten poetry collections, and he served as the Poet Laureate for North Carolina from 2012 to 2014. Meet Joseph Bathanti at Main Street Books during a reading and signing of The 13th Sunday after Pentecost.