Poetry. Translation. Translated by Carol Lettieri and Irene Marchegiani Jones. ANGELS OF YOUTH is a translation of CERES, Fontanella's ninth volume of poetry, originally published in Italian by Caramanica Editore in1996. The Italian edition garnered two distinguished poetry awards and received praise in both Europe and the United States. Devised with the English-speaking readership in mind, the current translation has subtly reorganized the original volume. "Fontanella's poetic language has a quality of disenchanted transparency, always containing a sort of suspended bitterness toward the elusive signs of our existence"--Giulio Ferroni. Like the mythical story of Demeter, "Fontanella's poetry similarly speaks of loss, but it avoids a purely elegant tone by rooting itself squarely in the plentitude of the here and now"--Rebecca J. West.
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Luigi Fontanella was born in Salerna, Italy in 1943. He studied at the University of Rome and at Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures. He has served as a Fulbright Fellow (Princeton University, 1976-1978), and has taught at Columbia, Princeton, and Wellesley. He is currently professor of Italian at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Founder and President of the Italian Poetry Society of America, Fontantella is the editor of "Gravida," an international journal of Italian poetry. He has published ten books of poetry, two books of fiction, and six books of criticism.Review:
"...speaks of the invitation to a 'woven thought'...such an exhortation constitutes a key to reading and even a gift..." -- Valerio Magrelli
"...the poetic voice speaks from a borderland where memory and desire frame the... perception of reality." -- L'Italo-Americano, May 29, 2003
"Fontanella's poetic language has a quality of disenchanted transparency... I find this to be a particularly seductive element..." -- Giulio Ferroni
"Fontanella's poetry speaks rebellion through traditional forms, creating a finely-tuned tension throughout "Angels of Youth..." -- Arts & Culture, June, 2001. Reviewer: Fred L. Gardaphe
"Fontanella's poetry...speaks of loss, but it avoids a purely elegiac tone..." -- Rebecca J. West, Professor of Italian Literature, University of Chicago
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Book Description Xenos Books, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1879378434