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  • Pub Date: 06/22/2015
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  • Pages: 159
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  • Publisher: Open Letter
  • Imprint: Open Letter
  • ISBN 13: 9781940953151
  • ISBN 10: 1940953154
  • Price: $9.99 / $12.99 CAN
  • Status: Active

Traces of Time

By (author) Lucio Mariani, Translated by Anthony Molino

""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

Culled from his entire career, the poems in Traces 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 memories
for your eternal hunger.
Can't you see the slags in the weave
that enfolds the flesh of the living
Can't you see that the boxes and drawers
where the silver of bygone days abounds
have no room for trinkets or seashells
of a present founded on plaster markets,
lost facing a mirror
seeking itself in the halls of the world
Don't you see that for the first time
every man erects ruins for his heirs
enacting inane protocols of war
while the future slams its shutters tight
so as to celebrate on statistical altars
the glory of mindless marionettes
maneuvered 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, including Echoes of Memory (available in English from UPNE), as well as a volume of essays, a collection of short stories, and translations of works by César Vallejo, Tristan Corbière, 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.

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