Traces Of Time by Lucio MarianiTraces Of Time by Lucio Mariani

Traces Of Time

byLucio MarianiTranslated byAnthony Molino

Paperback | July 24, 2015

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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 WarrenCulled from his entire career, the poems inTraces of Time cover numerous themes, most prominently the poet's relationship to history and how poetry can exist outside of it. "Tiananmen, 20 Years Later," "Protocols of War," and "Checkmate" (about 9/11) all illustrate Lucio Mariani's concerns "through images both dense and porous, lines both cadenced and spasmodic," and confirm his place in contemporary poetry."Protocols of War"(Baghdad is not far)Of this time you'll gather no memoriesfor your eternal hunger.Can't you see the slags in the weavethat enfolds the flesh of the living?Can't you see that the boxes and drawerswhere the silver of bygone days aboundshave no room for trinkets or seashellsof a present founded on plaster markets,lost facing a mirrorseeking itself in the halls of the world?Don't you see that for the first timeevery man erects ruins for his heirsenacting inane protocols of warwhile the future slams its shutters tightso as to celebrate on statistical altarsthe glory of mindless marionettesmaneuvered by nothingness,sprung in the bitter fields of oblivion?Of this time you'll gather no memories.Lucio Mariani is the author of eight volumes of poetry, includingEchoes of Memory (available in English from UPNE), as well as a volume of essays, a collection of short stories, and translations of works by Cesar Vallejo, Tristan Corbiere, and Yves Bonnefoy.Anthony Molino is a translator from the Italian, an anthropologist, and a psychoanalyst. In addition to Lucio Mariani's two volumes, he has also translated works by Valerio Magrelli and Antonio Porta, among others. "
Lucio Mariani is the author of eight volumes of poetry includingQualche Notizia del Tempo (Some News of Time) andEchoes of Memory, as well as a volume of essays, a collection of short stories, and translations of works by Cesar Vallejo, Tristan Corbiere, and Yves Bonnefoy. Anthony Molino is a translator from the Italian, an anthropo...
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Title:Traces Of TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.53 inPublished:July 24, 2015Publisher:OPen Letter BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1940953146

ISBN - 13:9781940953144

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Lucio Mariani'sTraces of Time is a book of insinuating wisdom and delight. The poems are lyric, lucid, and often brief, but they never feel slight because they ponder, on a tangibly human scale, the secrets of of existence. . . . There are few books of poems in which I like every poem. This is one of them." ?Dana Gioia"Mariani is a poet of a direct but careful music, formal integrity, a commitment to history, and a sharp wit capable of grand beauty and excoriating irony." ?Publishers Weekly"Lucio Mariani'sTraces of Time indeed traces almost forty years of his work as a lyric poet of sparest, most incisive, means. Following the course of myth, history, and the city of Rome that sustains him, Mariani reveals the frailty of our understanding and the paradoxes of our desires, aware that the poet's task is to find a form in which what is cherished can endure. The interlocutors of Mariani's poems are those who need them: his loves and enemies, his friends and strangers, and, most of all, his descendants-his readers, now and in the future."-Susan Stewart "