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Antonio Porta, Piercing the Page: Selected Poems: 1958–1989

 

Edited with an introduction by Gian Maria Annovi and an essay by Umberto Eco

Nothing behind the door, behind the curtain,
the fingerprint stuck on the wall, under it,
the car, the window, it stops, behind the curtain,
a wind that shakes it, a more obscure
stain on the black ceiling, a handprint,
he leaned on rising, nothing, pressing,
a silk handkerchief, the lamp swings,
a knot, the light, ink-spot,
on the floor, above the curtain, the scouring pad,
on the floor drops of sweat, rising,
the stain won’t rub out, behind the curtain,
the black silk of the handkerchief, shines on the ceiling,
the hand comes to rest, the fire in the hand,
a silk knot on the armchair, it shines,
wounded, now the blood on the wall,
the handkerchief’s silk waves a hand

 

Antonio Porta, pen name Leo Paolazzi, was born in Vicenza in 1935, but lived in Milan most of his life. In 1960 he published La Palpebra Rovesciata (The Eyelid Inside-Out) and was included in the seminal anthology I Novissimi (among such authors as A. Giuliani, E. Sanguineti, E. Pagliarani and N. Balestrini). One of the most important figures in the literary movement known as the “Neo-Avant-garde,” Porta was among the founders of Gruppo 63 and served on the editorial board of the avant-garde literary magazine Malebolge from 1963 to 1967. It is at this time that he began his experimentations with visual poetry. In addition, he wrote literary criticism for various newspapers and magazines, and taught literature at the Università di Bologna, the Università di Pavia and the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, as well as Yale University. He died of a heart attack in Milan in 1989.

Gian Maria Annovi was born in 1978. He holds a Degree in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Contemporary Italian Literature from the University of Bologna. He also studied at Universidad de Barcelona (Spain) and UCLA. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at Columbia University and he is working on a volume about Italian writer, poet and director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gian Maria has published three collections of poetry and several essays and translations in Italian and international journals. He writes for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9845289-5-0
  • ISBN-10: 0-9845289-5-4
  • Price: $14.95
  • Published 2012
  • 368 pages

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