Selected Poems

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Guernica Editions, 2002 - Poetry - 174 pages
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With its dark, lamenting style and vision, Albino Pierro's poetry was often described as the work of a sorceror or shaman. One of the most distinguished composers of dialect poetry in the 20th century, Pierro's verse is presented here in both his archaic Lucan Italian vernacular and in English.
 

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Contents

ARavatene
10
Avina iesse i morte
24
Who Put a Spell on You?
37
A maiestra
50
Ita Written on My Face
55
morte a San Francische
68
Siiu scantete
84
Silent Things
97
Trwe voce tre pacce
110
Three Voices Three Madmen
111
Comagghia fe?
126
A Madman
139
Even Now
149
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Page 2 - This work was supported in part by a grant from The City University of New York PSCCUNY Research Award Program and in part by a CUNY-Collaboration grant.
Page 20 - Nu jurne, - nun vi sapéra dice si nd'u munne faci f ridde o chiuvìte 'ssìvite nda na botte 'a 'uce di menzejurne. Senze ca le sapìne i 'nnammurète si tinìne 'a mène e aunìte ci natàine nd' 'a rise ca spànnene i campène d'u paìse. Nun c'èrene cchiù i scannìje; si sintìne cchiù llègge di nu sante, facìn'i sonne d'i vacantìje cucchète supre ll'èrve e ca lle vìrene u céhe e na paùmme ca ci pàssete nnante.
Page 16 - a lune: nu fische di paummèlle nd' 'a' ricchie mi chiamàite cch'i grire, mò forte e mò 'untene, di na murra di uagninelle. Trad.: // burrone. E nemmeno mi impaurivo...

About the author (2002)

Luigi Bonaffini is a professor of Italian language at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His publications include "La poesia visionaria di Dino Campana" (1980) and translations of Dino Campana("Orphic Songs and Other Poems", 1992); Mario Luzi ("For the Baptism of Our Fragments and Phrases" and "Passages of a Salutary Song", 1992, 1998).

Fiorenza Consonni Clark is a teacher of Italian and Spanish at the Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey.

Conrad J. Schmitt was the editor in chief of foreign language, ESL, and bilingual publishing with McGraw-Hill. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, he taught languages at all levels of instruction, from elementary school through college. He also served as coordinator of foreign languages for the Hackensack, New Jersey, Public Schools.

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