WINNER OF THE 2018 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
TRANSLATIONIn this first US publication of celebrated Italian poet
Bianca Tarozzi, narrative poems (presented bilingually in both
English and the original Italian) carry us through the poet's
childhood memories of World War II under Mussolini, harsh post-war
conditions, and mid-century changes that transformed Italian life,
specifically for women. A unique figure in contemporary Italian
poetry, Tarozzi draws significant influence from acclaimed American
poets Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill
interweaving powerful subjects with humor and heart. After: you
have packed the suitcase, shut off the gas, turned all the lights
out, locked the window and the big outside door, when you lean
against a wall, afraid of falling, and wait, expecting the vehicle,
the means that will transport you far away, when the sky sails
clear, blue, and annihilating above the overpass, and you have no
past or future, in that empty moment poetry pitches its tent.
Bianca Tarozzi was born in Bologna in 1941. Her father was a
political prisoner under Mussolini, and then a Senator after the
war. She received a degree from Ca' Foscari University of Venice,
and taught English and American Literature for many years at the
University of Verona. The recipient of numerous literary honors,
she has translated into Italian the works of Elizabeth Bishop,
Emily Dickinson, James Merrill, Richard Wilbur, A. E. Housman,
Denise Levertov, and Louise Gluck. Also the author of many books of
poetry, she began writing poems in 1947, and continues to this day.
She currently splits her time between Venice and Milan, Italy.
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