In choosing the winning manuscript for the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, judge Andrew Hudgins remarked: "With immense poetic verve, Pelizzon finds flamboyance in places where it has been forgotten and brings it back to vivid life--and she sees it for what it is. Her vision is then both passionate and dispassionate at the same time, a maturity of perspective that is just one of the many accomplishments of this superb first book."
In Nostos (the voyage of return) V. Penelope Pelizzon demonstrates again and again a worldly perspective, made clear and complex by her intelligence that is itself a treat to witness at play. Whether set in a Purgatory garden or on the platform of a bombed train station, these poems enthrall with language that is, in the words of one reader, "both the vehicle for vision and the vision itself."
Nostos is indeed a voyage--of the mind and heart--guided by Pelizzon's compelling images and rhythms and one that returns us to where we started, but not unchanged.
V. Penelope Pelizzon teaches creative writing and film at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines. She was a recipient of the 1997 "Discovery" The Nation Award.