Monday, 23 April 2012
Just out from Farrar-Strauss-Giroux: their anthology of twentieth century Italian poetry edited by Geoffrey Brock. I have a translation in this of an Ardengo Soffici's poem. It's in pretty good company alongside versions by William Arrowsmith, Samuel Beckett, Cid Corman, Allen Ginsberg, Kevin Hart, Geoffrey Hill, Kenneth Koch, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Peter Robinson, Kendrick Smithyman, Susan Stewart and Charles Tomlinson among others. The anthology starts early with Giovanni Pascoli (b1855) and ends with Gabriele Frasca (b1957). You'll have to go to the journals for the younger poets but I suspect this book will be the best introduction you will find to work covering the bulk of the century for some time. The Italians invented a movement every few weeks. Most of them are represented here.