NTA Longlist: Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red and Black Verse by Maria Attanasio translated by Carla Billitteri

Amnesia of the Movement of Clouds & Of Red and Black Verse by Maria Attanasio, translated from the Italian by Carla Billitteri (Litmus Press)

Attanasio-Amnesia“Flash of pomegranate/ flame of malvasia/ in a globalized stanza/ red of poesia/ Darkness now, a moment ago I was Maria.” Two sharp, glinting collections of poetry from Sicilian poet Maria Attanasio appear in English for the first time, in a lucid and haunting translation by translator and critic Carla Billitieri. The chances Billitieri takes as a translator are constantly poised to remind us of Attanasio’s inquiry into sound, memory, loss, and the results in English echo and linger. The translator has also included a substantial introduction to Attanasio’s poetics in this beautiful edition by Litmus Press, and her translations are followed by endnotes that elucidate many layers of this complex and unsettling poetry.

About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. Pronouns: they/them.
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