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Book presentation of "Those who from afar look like flies"



Book presentation of

A panel discussion to present  Those who from afar look like flies, an anthology of Italian poetry from Pasolini to 1975, edited by Luigi Ballerini e Beppe Cavatorta, University of Toronto Press.

The book is part of the Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library, an organic collection of Italian texts translated into English. Its role is to make available a series of one hundred works by Italian authors who have made significant literary, philosophical, juridical, and historical contributions to the world of international culture.

In conversation with the editors Charles Bernstein, one of the most famous and distinguished American poets, and from Italy  Nanni Balestrini, whose poems are featured in the book.

Edoardo Ballerini, actor, will read some poems in the English translation.


Luigi Ballerini is the author of numerous essays on Italian Futurism, avant-garde literature and poetry, medieval poetry, historical gastronomy, and contemporary sculpture, he has edited several bilingual anthologies of Italian and American poetry, and translated a variety of American authors including Herman Melville, William Carlos Williams, and Gertrude Stein. His poetry has appeared under the following titles: eccetera. E (1972), Che figurato muore (1988), Che oror l’orient (1991), Il terzo gode (1994), The Cadence of a Neighboring Tribe, English edition, (1997) Stracci shakespeariani (1996), Uscita senza strada (2000), Uno monta la luna (2001), Cefalonia (2005, 2013), Se il tempo è matto (Mondadori, 2010), Una dozzina + 3 (2012).
A volume of his collected poems will has been published by Mondadori in April 2016.

Charles Bernstein is an American poet, essayist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein holds the Donald T. Regan Chair in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets (or L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets). In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, Bernstein was awarded the Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Educated at Harvard College, he has been visiting Professor of Poetry, Poetics, and Creative Writing at Columbia University, the University at Buffalo, Brown University, and Princeton University. A volume of Bernstein's selected poetry from the past thirty years, All the Whiskey in Heaven, was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Beppe Cavatorta Ph.D UCLA  M.A. University of Virginia, Laurea in Letteratura italiana moderna e contemporanea University of Parma. Associate Professor at Arizona University. 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.



Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute of New York