“In Piccolo’s poems we meet a Sicily latent in the country of the tourist guides and the history books, but it was Piccolo far more than, say, his cousin Lampedusa, who was destined to draw out the latencies, read the signatures, crack the code….These brilliant translations will serve to introduce a whole new sensibility to Anglo-American readers.”—Anthony Burgess
“Faithfulness, a loving adherence, a communion with and an entering into the spirit of the original are what we look for in a translation. We find these qualities abundantly in this rendering of Lucio Piccolo’s poetry by Brian Swarm and Ruth Feldman. And we find yet more: a welcome clarification, for though Piccolo’s poetry—one that tries to capture in a subtle web the atmosphere of a bygone world—is not obscure or oblique, yet, like all significant poetry, it is here and there open to a number of interpretations. Swann’s and Feldman’s translation, or interpretation, seems to me always felicitous and intelligent.”—Arturo Vivante
Originally published in 1973.
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