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The Fat Man Arpeggios

The Fat Man Arpeggios

By Pellegrino D'Acierno

In The Fat Man Arpeggios, Pellegrino D'Acierno presents a ludic portrait of the Fat Man -- a metaphysical dandy and “foolosopher” -- who voices, through the lightness of arpeggios, his existential and amorous dilemmas.


Guernica Editions (Essential Poets Series)


134 pages |

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Pelle!! Bravissimo!! You have written the most original poetry in English since the death of Wallace Stevens. My wild gratitude to you for your solidarity and commitment to the Arpeggios.

Frank Lentricchia

I adore The Fat Man Arpeggios: the dandy has been infused with an existential tenderness that looks the hardest truths right in the eye. It quite took my breath away, to find the lyrical honesty of the lost father tucked into the rococo of excess experience. And I just love The Fat Man. He is a great trope, a genial persona, a brand of “Thin Man” – like mythic proportions – he has a mark of inevitability and rightness about him that makes it seem like you are picking him up from another great poet in the past ... and yet he’s yours. What a triumph.

Teodolinda Barolini, Columbia University

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About the author

Professor of Comparative Literature at Hofstra University, Pellegrino D’Acierno serves as the inaugural Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies. His publications include F.T. Marinetti and the Freedom of Poetry (1988); The Italian American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts (1998), The Signature of D’Annunzio and Other Counter-Essays on “Dagotude” (forthcoming), Thirteen Ways of Crossing the Piazza: Rome as a Cinematic City, and Strange Loops: Cinema and Architecture as Spatial-Temporal Practices (forthcoming). He is now preparing for publication a collection of his earlier poems written over three decades.