Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies: An Anthology of Italian Poetry from Pasolini to the Present, Tome 1, 1956-1975
Published: July 2017© 2017
2116 Pages, 6.50 x 9.50 x 2.50 in, 32 b&w illustrations
Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies is an anthology of poems and essays that aims to provide an organic profile of the evolution of Italian poetry after World War II. Beginning with the birth of Officina and Il Verri, and culminating with the crisis of the mid-seventies, this tome features works by such poets as Pasolini, Pagliarani, Rosselli, Sanguineti and Zanzotto, as well as such forerunners as Villa and Cacciatore.
Each section of this anthology, organized chronologically, is preceded by an introductory note and documents every stylistic or substantial change in the poetics of a group or individual. For each poet, critic, and translator a short biography and bibliography is also provided.
Marjorie Perloff, Foreword
Luigi Ballerini & Beppe Cavatorta, A Consummation Devoutly to Be Wished
I. Windmills of Realism: a Querelle
II. Research Poetry in the Late Fifties and Early Sixties
IV. Midfielders: Consolidated Research Poetry
V.The Late Sixties and Early Seventies: the Legacy of the New
Credits and Acknowledgements
‘Anyone who wants to read and engage with the poetry written in Italy during this time period will find this a remarkable volume whose structure and content challenges the very way in which we define anthologies.’Elena Coda, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University
‘The publication of Those Who From Afar Look Like Flies is a major event for the English-speaking world. This impressive, ground-breaking anthology significantly changes the image of contemporary Italian poetry.’Italo Testa, Dipartimento di Antichistica, Lingue, Educazione, Filosofia, Universita degli studi di Parma