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Echoes of Memory
Selected Poems of Lucio Mariani
Lucio Mariani

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2003 • 120 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6496-2

Trans. from the Italian

Timeless lyric poetry by a contemporary European master.

Lucio Mariani is known throughout Europe as one of Italy’s most important contemporary writers. Echoes of Memory presents for the first time in English the full range of his poetry. His elegant and wonderfully subtle poems develop through assonance and spare imagery, drawing on classical allusions without leaving the contemporary space. Whether because of their diamond-sharp incisiveness or their swirling musicality, these poems hit home, producing deeply felt revelations. As critic Emilio Zucchi has written, "In Mariani one finds a poetry of the word as bread, bread broken and shared, kneaded from the idea that truth must, must, must exist in the form of a common language." These exquisite translations by Anthony Molino are drawn from over three decades of work and are presented facing the original Italian.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Mariani’s poetry is direct, immediate, allusive, and oblique. He merges past and present with admirable quickness and the effect is bracing." —Mark Rudman, author of The Couple

“Mariani has emerged as one of the few significant post-Montalian poets in Italy, and Molino is a graceful, experienced, thoroughly reliable translator. The result is an elegant book, an important book, bringing a distinctive voice into English."—Rosanna Warren, Professor of Comparative Literature, Boston University

From the Book:

What hailed from Venice wasn’t trade
but vast transactions of tides.
Pushed were piazzas and octagons of fountains
before Minos; in return
for a song of the Orient that nightly
plunges through the calli
and relives by day in the cracked gold
of the lips of angels
who, dying, nod their assent.

--from “Before Minos”


Winner of the Cardarelli Award, one of Italy’s most prestigious poetry prizes (2003)

LUCIO MARIANI is the author of eight volumes of poetry including the recent Qualche Notizia del Tempo (Some News of Time, 2001), as well as a volume of essays, a collection of short stories, and translations of works by César Vallejo, Tristan Corbiere and Yves Bonnefoy. ANTHONY MOLINO’s published translations include the award-winning The Contagion of Matter (2000), by Valerio Magrelli. THOMAS HARRISON is Professor of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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