- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Xenos Books; Bilingual (English/Italian) edition (June 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879378051
- ISBN-13: 978-1879378056
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,795,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dark exuberance, bright anger, cutting cynicism which hammers us to the other side of apathy." (THE AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW, Feb.-March 1996) "His harsh, unrelenting stance and his beautiful and disquietening imagery belong to one who draws in the dark while longing for the light." (WORLD LITERATURE TODAY, Summer 1994) "Sonia Raiziss has translated the Italian originals into English with an admirable grace and fidelity." -- SMALL PRESS, spring 1994
"Dark exuberance, bright anger, cutting cynicism which hammers us to the other side of apathy." (The American Book Review, Feb.-March 1996) "His harsh, unrelenting stance and his beautiful and disquietening imagery belong to one who draws in the dark while longing for the light." (World Literature Today, Summer 1994) "Sonia Raiziss has translated the Italian originals into English with an admirable grace and fidelity." -- Small Press, spring 1994
From the Publisher
Alfredo de Palchi is a highly regarded poet living in New York. Writing in his native Italian, he has been translated into crisp and vibrant English by his longtime friend and fellow poet, the late Sonia Raiziss. The poet James Dickey said of De Palchi: "He is absolutely uncompromising, and his poems are painful and exalting to read. One does not come away from his stark and terrible and hilarious work untouched."
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A fanfare of swirling
mosquitoes in the sunset
and the world's a merry-go-round
a festival of snippets of light
---as for me, wavering
I ride this vertiginous heart plagued
It would have been easy for De Palchi to have given up to total skepticism, especially considering the horrors of the twentieth century & while it seems that "the bullies have the last word" he persists in believing something better for mankind is possible:
I adjust my glance I count the years
years cheated regretted gifted
to ravenous Babylon
if tomorrow were only sure I could perhaps
survive the deep bites inside me
isolated---unable to guess what light
will give me strength---
meanwhile in this cubicle
coming of age I gnaw at myself
and scrape on stone for a different life.
It is this power of saying, "no/ no/ no" to modern society and history that turns these anguished poems into a fierce cry for change.