Poetry. LIQUID PRISONER is the latest book from prolific American poet Paul Vangelisti. In this collection of 77 sonnets each poem is a response to the even-numbered poems of Shakespeare. The title comes from a line in Shakespeare's 5th sonnet, "A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass." Vangelisti sees each of the original sonnets as dramatic scenes, and his reflections often rely on the Great American Songbook. With a dreamed-up reconfigured rhyme scheme, Vangelisti invigorates an old form in an entirely new way.
Paul Vangelisti is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, as well as a noted translator from Italian. His most recent title is LIQUID PRISONER (Lithic Press, 2021). His book of poems, MOTIVE AND OPPORTUNITY, was published in fall 2020 by Shearsman Books in the U.K. In 2015 he edited Amiri Baraka's posthumous collected poems, S.O.S.: Poems, 1961-2014, for Grove Press. In 2006, Lucia Re's and his translation of Amelia Rosselli's War Variations won both the Premio Flaiano in Italy and the PEN-USA Award. In 2010, his translation of Adriano Spatola's The Position of Things: Collected Poems, 1961-1992 was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. From 1971-1982 he was co-editor, with John McBride, of the literary magazine Invisible City and, from 1993-2002, edited Ribot, the annual report of the College of Neglected Science (CONS). He lives in Pasadena.Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA