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Almost Love
Peter Valente (Translator) and Pierre Lepori
Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Spring 2022
68 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771837354
ISBN10: 1771837357
English
Translated from the Italian
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK

Pierre Lepori's Almost Love (Quasi Amore) contains forty-five short stanzas, reminiscent of a lyric tradition extending from the Greek elegiac poets, such as Sappho and Mimnermus, to the Italian poet, Sandro Penna. The poems revolve around the word “love” as compared to the precariousness of life and the incompleteness of language, thus generating new images in a poetry that is corporeal, homoerotic, reified and at the same time ethereal. As Lepori writes, “There are forms of love -- both physical and spiritual -- that escape the events of what we call reality by convention.”

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