Silk Road

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Pub Date: 10/16/2018

Pages: 88

Publisher: Etruscan Press

Imprint: Etruscan Press

ISBN 13: 9780998750828

ISBN 10: 0998750824

Price: / $21.95 CAN$16.00

Category: POETRY / American / General

Silk Road

By Wardrop Daneen

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About the Book

Silk Road tracks the economic intrigues between continents as they occur sometimes obliquely in the everyday life of Marco Polo’s wife, Donata Badoer Polo. In daily activities such as marketing, her imaginative interventions disclose a global and personal economics. Donata’s reveries arise in the breach between her home in Venice, Italy, and Marco’s travels in Suzhou, China, prompting her to apprehend the ways eastern and western hemispheres coincide and collide, the ways the spice, silk, and jewel trades have resulted in the financing of warfare and slavery, such apprehension affecting also her intimacy with her husband. She perceives as well how the construction of stories, such as those Marco tells, carry a power that affects the interchanges between these newly intertwined worlds of East and West. Though Donata Polo lives during the middle ages, she thinks as a kind of global citizen, albeit staying at home. Donata exists in the vivid divide between regions at odds, even as her meditations find a geopolitical brace of camaraderie. She lived an unrecorded life in medieval Venice with her husband Marco and their three daughters, Fantina, Bellela, and Moreta. While a plethora of material by and about Marco is available, very little about Donata exists. Silk Road is written in the voice of a figure who, effaced by history, compels the act of reimagining.

About the Book

In unbidden moments, Donata Polo, wife of Marco Polo, turns to perceive a Venice accelerating from Mediterranean port to global hub. In peripatetic visits to market she reflects upon the erotics and economics of interactions between continents East and West, recognizing camaraderie with people from other lands affected by new webs of trade.


In Silk Road, Marco Polo’s wife goes about everyday activities as her reveries form at least partly in the breach between her home in Venice, Italy, and Polo’s stay in Suzhou, China. In imagining eastern and western hemispheres braced to collide, to coincide, she is a global citizen even as she stays home, living in vivid divide between regions at odds, still envisioning comity.


Independent Publisher Book Award, Gold Medal for Poetry, Life as It
The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize
Coby Foundation Grant for Reading Dress Series, UPNE
Poets Out Loud Prize for Poetry