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Thirteen Ways of Crossing the Piazza

Thirteen Ways of Crossing the Piazza

Collected Poems

By D'Acierno Pellegrino

Roman poems set in the Piazza Navona that stage a fundamental encounter with both Rome and Italy, one that involves writing/desiring Italy. They experiment with a number of different voices and poetic styles and they present a montage of voices of diverse characters that range from an aristocratic flâneur whose drift-work is interrupted by a bold street-walker to an old poet in agony as a result of compromising his poetry by his compliance with Fascism.


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Like his earlier volume from Guernica, The Fat Man Arpeggios, though even bolder, Pellegrino D'Acierno's Thirteen Ways of Crossing the Piazza flashes its heritage in the linguistic wildness of Wallace Stevens, with an astonishing range of cultural references, popular and classical, and an erotic heat that Stevens never attempted. Beneath the feast, the groaning board of aesthetic pleasure, lies death-haunted melancholy almost too deep for words, but always present as the trigger of D'Acierno's startling originality. - Frank Lentricchia To cross the piazza with Pellegrino D'Acierno is to surrender to the labyrinthine rhythms and soul-storm vibrations, the thunder and the tenderness, of a life lived in Nietzschean pursuit of an ever-ascending mode of existence. In these ravishing, heart-stopping poems, D'Acierno, venerable maestro of Lorca-ian duende-ismo, traces the infinite chiaroscuro embedded within moments of dramatic and decisive interpersonal encounter. In his alluring "coitus of word and world," faces

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