New Anthology of American Poetry

So, it's real. After two years of hard work the Nuova Antologia di Poesia Americana (New Anthology of American Poetry) has been released by Edizioni Ensemble. The idea came to me as I was researching information for the biography of the Poet, as I often enjoy to call him. This bio has been an extraordinary experience that has allowed me to get in touch with poets who have met Jack from the late Fifties till today. Getting to know them has also meant getting to know their amazing poetry and I am so grateful to all for having allowed me to translate some of their beautiful poems.

Let me introduce you to the poets and poems included in the Anthology. Clicking on each poet's name you will be able to learn more about their life and their poetry:

- Architecture of An Instsnt
- Time Is Short

John Brandi

- Years of Love
- The Enthusiasm of Illusion

Alvaro Cardona-Hine

- Trying to Distract Myself from the Gulf Oil Disaster While Visiting My Mother in Florida
- Lazy Tongue

Terri Carrion

- Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922 - 1975)
- A Letter to Albrecht Dürer

Neeli Cherkovski

- Poem for Sylvia Plath Without Even Lighting the Stove
- Radiogenesis (poem for synthesizer and voice)

Thomas Rain Crowe

- How to Make Love to A Man
- Be Ahead of All Parting

Sharon Doubiago

- Germany
- Appointment in Pakistan

Michael C. Ford

- Bloom
- Resolution

Renée  Gregorio

- Eurydice Is Missing
- Bird in the Chimney

Stephen Kessler

Jim Krusoe
- Horses in Fire
- Holding the Baby While Listening to Glenn Gould's Last Recording of  the Goldbeg Variations
- Watching Retarded Children at LAX

Jim Krusoe

Kaye McDonough
- Dialogue on the Panning of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
- I Have Gone Mad With Love, Love, Mad
- I Was Happy With Poetry

Kaye McDonough

Sarah Menefee
- A Little Fig Wine
- If He Didn't Keep Appering
- First

Sarah Menefee

Alejandro Murguía
- Lorca's Dream
- There's No Santos on My Altar
- Trastevere Sunday

Alejandro Murguía

Michael Rothenberg
- March 21
- The Revolt of Romantic Donkeys on the Highway from Marrakech to Rabat
- Serenity Spring
Michael Rothenberg

Bill Pearlman
- Further
- For Javier Sicilia
- Looking for My Name

Bill Pearlman

Anne Valley-Fox
- History's Path Spirals Down to a Precipce
- Things That Want to Be Counted
- Smoke

Anne Valley-Fox


Writing Prose Poems About the 70s

I must say that as much as I have always admired prose poetry, I have never tried writing any because it seemed to me that I had no real skills at it. But, last weekend I suddenly recalled episodes from my childhood in the 70s, specifically memories of the Years of Lead in Italy and of my father, and I ended up writing one. I sent it to my poetical sister, Michelle Reale, whose prose poetry is magical, so much so that I often return to read her collections because I can't have enough of them and I love wandering in her soulscapes for a long, long time. I wanted Michelle to honestly tell me what she thought of it. Her reply made me incredibly happy. She wrote:

Sorella, this is outstanding, and let me tell you why: it is highly evocative, and imagistic. It feels incredibly satisfying in this form, and, I dare say, you are quite adept at this form, which is truly my favorite! For me, an as exemplified by Seventies Blues, you encompass a whole world here. This poem made me want to linger in it, to soak it up! I hope you will continue writing prose poems!

Today I wrote my second 70s prose poem. I guess this might become a habit! :)