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Presentation of "Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies"- anthology of Italian poetry



Presentation of

Join us for a discussion on the making of Those Who from Afar Look Like Flies (Toronto University Press), an anthology that aims to provide an organic profile of the evolution of Italian poetry after World War II. The book’s editors Giuseppe Cavatorta, UA Associate Professor Italian, and Luigi Ballerini, Professor Emeritus of Italian at UCLA, will talk about the creation of the anthology that features such poets as

Pasolini, Pagliarani, Rosselli, Sanguineti, Zanzotto, Villa and Cacciatore. Included in the volume are 24 images by visual poet Magdalo Mussio, which will be displayed and discussed. The event will conclude with a dual-language poetry reading of selections from the anthology.



Luigi Ballerini (born 1940 in Milan), currently living in New York City and Los Angeles, is an Italian poet, professor of modern and contemporary Italian Literature at UCLA and a historian of gastronomy.He has published several anthologies of American and Italian Poetry. La rosa disabitata in 1981, Shearsmen of Sorts in 1992 and The Promised Land in 1999.In this same year, he also published the anthology of Gertrude Stein under the title La sacra Emilia e altre poesie. He also translated into Italian the works of Henry James, Herman Melville, William Carlos Williams, James Baldwin and Kurt Vonnegut.[2] He is also known as a cooking historian. He edited Pellegrino Artusi's Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well and Maestro Martino's The Book of the Culinary Art. In 1992 he was awarded the Feronia Prize for Poetry.

Giuseppe Cavatorta is Associate Professor Italian at the University of Arizona (USA). His research interests are varied, with scholarly publications on the writings of Machiavelli, Savonarola, and Tasso in the Renaissance period and, Alberto Savinio, Antonio Delfini, Tahar Lamri and Adriano Spatola in the Twentieth Century. Further interests are Italian Futurism, changing canon formations in the "new avant-garde" of the nineteen sixties in Italy, and the Partisan War in literature and film. He published his translations of several American poets into Italian in the anthologies, Nuova poesia Americana: San Francisco (Mondadori, 2006) and Nuova poesia Americana: New York (Mondadori, 2009). He has co-edited an anthology of contemporary Italian poetry, The Promised Land (Sun & Moon Press, 2000), and he's also the co-editor of a forthcoming major anthology of Italian poetry from Pier Paolo Pasolini to the present, Those Who from afar Look like Flies. (University of Toronto Press).


Date: Thursday, April 05, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Department of Italian Studies

Entrance : Free


Toronto, Carr Hall, Room 403, located at 100 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.