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Pondering the Weight of Being: Selected Poems (1944-2013)
Giorgio Orelli, Marco Sonzogni (Translator) and Ross Woods (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Spring 2015
170 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771830263
ISBN10: 1771830263
English, Italian
Translated from the Italian
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US


Critics include Orelli among the so-called post-hermetic poets, aligning him with one of Italy's most distinctive literary schools: the Linea Lombarda. Orelli's poetry, however, eludes pigeonholing. The phonosymbolism enveloping his verse, combined with sharpness of observation, elegance of diction, and irony of tone, make his poetry distinctive and exacting. Readers, scholars and translators are enticed and challenged at every word. This anthology -- the first in English -- charts Orelli's poetic journey from his debut collection in 1944 to the last poems written shortly before his death. Selected and introduced by Orelli's foremost scholar, Pietro De Marchi, and translated and annotated by two award-winning translators, Marco Sonzogni and Ross Woods, Pondering the Weight of Being brings to English-speaking readers a major poet.
Hanging by a thread of drool / unconsciously supported by a branch / snails not yet fully / consubstantiated / into nothing swaying / we test our virtue.

Books by Giorgio Orelli

Pondering the Weight of Being: Selected Poems (1944-2013)

Books by Marco Sonzogni

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Books by Ross Woods

Breathing Underwater Pondering the Weight of Being: Selected Poems (1944-2013)