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Orchid Shining in the Hand : Selected Poems 1932-1960 (Paperback) (Lorenzo Calogero)

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Poetry. Translated from the Italian by John Taylor. Bilingual Edition. The first comprehensive translation of a long- neglected poet who lived most of his life in his home village in Calabria, experimented with new forms of expression and produced a body of work radiant with twilight mystery, scintillating perception and philosophical breadth. After his obscure and possibly self- inflicted death, Calogero (1910-1961) was gradually discovered, appreciated and published in prestigious editions. John Taylor's dedicated translation deftly handles the semantic leaps and disjunctions in these subtle but boldly original poems, and his introduction, informed by his visit to the village of Meliccucà and his association with the poet's relatives, offers the perfect guide into a private and renewed world."Calogero felt the silence that had befallen him (or that he had sought?) as a disaster, as the sum of his misfortunes: he listened to it, analyzed it, wholly filled it with a dense web of meanings and subliminal thoughts at the very limits of vertigo..."—Mario Luzi"[His] authentic and nobel message is that of a despair by now so elevated and calm that it retains no traces of romantic sorrow, or existential dismay or anxiety."—Giorgio Caproni"The most surprising gift of this ancient-modern poet is the wealth of violent, risk-taking metaphors. Sometimes he seemingly experiments in the surrealist sense of the term; those techniques he has mastered and surpassed, and his experimentation involves varied, more intricate, and conscious techniques."—Amelia Rosselli

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