Friday, February 05, 2010
Attention Italophiles and Poetry Fanatics: the Brain-Popping Genius of Italian Experimental Poetry Now Available for Discovery
When Renato Barilli published his Voyage to the End of the Word in Italy in 1981, it was a huge success.
Now, this brilliant collection of poetry and criticism has been published in English, and is available only from the SDSU Press.
There's more to the book than the mini-anthology of fantastic work by poetic experimenters (though that's pretty awesome). In Voyage, Barilli places Italian experimental poetry in a new context. His criticism combines the linguistic theories of Ferdinand Saussure with the Freudian notions of pre-oedipal bliss. The essays delve deep, revealing the puns, visuality, neologisms and full range of devices that experimental poets utilized to expand the capabilities of expressive language.
Also, it's a steal. Just sayin'.
If you understand Italian, you can check out Barilli below. I have no idea what he's saying, but you might enjoy it!