In 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.
“This introduction to Bianca Tarozzi’s always beautifully crafted lyrics—sometimes enigmatic narratives, sometimes mystical apercus—is a real gift to American readers who don’t already know the writer’s work. Her Selected Poems have been elegantly translated by Jeanne Foster and Alan Williamson, who also provide illuminating introductions. The ‘living theatre’ of Tarozzi’s art (to use a phrase of her own) will engage and even enthrall those new to it while delighting those long hoping to see the original Italian texts in English.”—Sandra M. Gilbert
“How satisfying at long last to have this collection in English of selected poems by one of my long-standing favorite Italian poets! Due to Jeanne Foster’s and Alan Williamson’s thoughtful and heartfelt Introduction, and especially to their finely wrought versions of Tarozzi's ‘poem-stories,’ a whole new readership will be able to discover a voice that resonates with memories, inquiries, emotions, and deep poetic intelligence.”—Rebecca West
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