Poetry. A radical socialist, pacifist, and poet, Arturo Giovannitti made prominent, but largely forgotten, contributions to American arts and letters during the first part of the twentieth century. Giovannitti's extremely long and loose Whitmanesque lines, as well as his eulogy "The Death of Flavio Venanzi," "The Bankrupt's Suicide" and "Scientist," provide a key piece in understanding the development of the prose poem in the United States. Giovannitti's political mission shaped his poetic vision and expression. As orator, agitator, organizer, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, doubter and believer, he sought to better the plight of the worker.This volume comprises the collected poems that he wrote in English.
Born in Italy in 1884, Arturo Giovannitti emigrated to the United States at the age of 20. After a short stint at Columbia University, he became heavily involved with several Italian-language socialist publications, including La Plebe, La rivista rossa (which he founded) and later became the editor of Il Proletario. He was once arrested for his involvement in the Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Giovannitti published throughout his life in both Italian and English, from poetry to articles and even plays. He died in the Bronx in 1959. Author City: BRONX, NY USA