Poetry. Translated from the Italian by Emanuel di Pasquale. Roberto Bertoldo, founder and editor of the international literary review Hebenon, "writes letters to the magpie, the cicada, and the pallet, and they answer him. Both microcosm and macrocosm, the book startles. His suggestive, philosophical lines make us pause and think: "We win / through the atmoshphere that praises the shadows." He hears "the tone / that whispers with the leaves / when they fall." His words make us wish we were poets ourselves; they urge us to listen with new ears, to see with new eyes" -- Emanuel di Pasquale.
Roberto Bertoldo, born in Chivasso in 1957, grew up in Turin and earned his degree in Letters and Philosophy at the University there in 1981 with a thesis on Petrarch. After a long period of reflection and private writing, he emerged in 1996 to found an international literary review, Hebenon, and to begin a prolific career in three fields. As philosopher, he has published seven books, including Sui fondamenti dell'amore / On the Foundations of Love (Milan: Guerini, 2006), Anarchismo senza anarchia: Idee per una democrazia anarchica / Anarchism Without Anarchy: Ideas For an Anarchistic Democracy (Milan: Mimesis, 2009) and La profundità della letteratura / The Profundity of Literature (Milan: Mimesis, 2016). As prosaist, he has published five novels, including Il Lucifero di Wittenberg—Anschluss / Lucifer of Wittenberg—Anschluss (Milan: Asefi-Terziaria, 1998), Ladyboy (Milan: Mimesis, 2009) and Satio (Turin: Achille, 2015). As poet, he has published seven collections of verse: Nuvole in agonia / Clouds in Agony (1976-1984), Pan-Demonio / Pan-Demonium (1985-1994), Il rododenro / The Rhododendron (1994-1999), Il calvario delle gru / Calvary of the Storks (1998-2000), L'Archivio delle bestemmie / The Registry of Blasphemies (2004-2005), Pergamena dei Ribelli / The Rebel's Scroll (2009-2010) and Il popolo che sono / The People I Am (2012-2015). All these collections, plus some youthful poems (1965-1976) are represented in the present Chelsea Edition entiteld ROBERTO BERTOLDO, VICTIMS' CRAM: SELECTED POEMS 1965-2015. Bertoldo lives and teaches in Burolo, near Turin.Author City: USA