Selected Poems of Alda Merini
"What we have in "Love Lessons" is a fantastic selection of poems by Alda Merini, one of Italy's foremost poets, translated into English by Susan Stewart, one of America's foremost poets. As millions of Italian readers already know--and English readers are about to discover for the first time--to open a book by Merini is to discover a poetry of immediate freshness, unlike any other."--Robert P. Harrison, Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature, Stanford University
"Alda Merini is one of the most powerful contemporary female poets writing in Italian. In poems marked by a visionary clarity and lyricism, she sings of the anger and pain of both erotic love and insanity. Susan Stewart's translation is breathtaking. She has accomplished the impossible: a faithful, almost line-by-line translation that is deeply and authentically poetic. The poems speak in their own tongue."--Margaret Brose, University of California, Santa Cruz
Susan Stewart is the author of five books of poems, including "Red Rover" and "Columbarium", which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books include "Poetry and the Fate of the Senses", which won the Christian Gauss and Truman Capote prizes for literary criticism, and "The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics". A former MacArthur Fellow, she is the Annan Professor of English at Princeton and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.