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Portraits of Absence
Fabiano Alborghetti, Marco Sonzogni (Translator) and Ross Woods (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2017
144 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771832007
ISBN10: 1771832002
English, Italian
Translated from the Italian
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

Portraits of Absence is poetry of witness, of unflinching eyewitness accounts of atrocities--the devil's definition of humanity. Fabiano Alborghetti's words, unfolding with machine-gun hiccoughs and staccato rhythms, spaces where the dead drop and the living fall, weeping, are tactile, palpable, sonnets of wreckage and ruin. Consider him a 21st-century Wilfred Owen or Siegfried Sassoon, with even less reticence before Horror than either of those Great War Poets. Alborghetti is an essential voice, a cry out-of-the-wilderness of our own bad, mad, sad hearts. We are lucky to have such a courageous Cassandra; we are damned that he has so much Terror to report to us. These are magnificent, impressive lyrics, unforgettable in their heart-tearing, barbed-wire-laced, gung-ho Sorrow.--George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17)
I am a hindrance, I belong to the nation … / Stripped of belongings exile illuminated the debris / the back not yet pierced by bullets … / I am infamy: / marching, departing / head down.

Books by Fabiano Alborghetti

Directory of the Vulnerable Portraits of Absence

Books by Marco Sonzogni

Choice of Uppercuts, A Directory of the Vulnerable Here And Not Elsewhere: Selected Poems: 1990-2010 Pondering the Weight of Being: Selected Poems (1944-2013) Portraits of Absence Secret Transfusions Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster: Selected Aphorisms Trivia Thief: Selected Poems

Books by Ross Woods

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