This unique bilingual anthology of poetry gathers the work of well-known and new contemporary poets from Italy, England, the U.S., New Zealand, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere, all paying tribute to the legacy of Ezra Pound and Olga Rudge. Inspired by a momentous cross-cultural poetry reading by most of these poets on July 2, 2009, at the Sala Capizucchi in the epicenter of Rome—the same theatre where Olga Rudge had performed with the composter George Antheil in February 1927—this collection bears testimony not only to the rich variety of new verse coming from both sides of the Atlantic, but to the wide sweep of Pound’s influence into the twenty-first century. Collected here are both Italian poems translated into English and English poems translated into Italian, making for a comprehensive, international gathering of poetry available for readers in each language.
Massimo Bacigalupo is a scholar and a translator, chiefly of verse (Wordsworth, Dickinson, Wallace Stevens). He edited and translated Ezra Pound’s Canti postumi (2002) and co-edited Ezra Pound, Language and Persona (2008). He is a professor of American Literature at the University of Genoa and lives in Rapallo. “Ten for Terry” was written as an homage to Carroll F. Terrell.
John Gery, Research Professor at the University of New Orleans, directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy. A prolific poet, he has co-edited two recent anthologies of poetry, The Poets of the Sala Capizucchi (with Caterina Ricciardi and Massimo Bacigalupo, UNO Press, 2011), and In Place of Love and Country (with Richard Parker, Crater, 2013), as well as Ezra Pound: Ends and Beginnings: Essays and Poems(with William Pratt, AMS, 2011).
Caterina Ricciardi, a professor of American Literature at the University of Roma Tre, has written extensively on American Modernism. She is the author of EIKONEΣ. Ezra Pound e il Rinascimento (1991), Ezra Pound. Ghiande di Luce (2006), and Ezra Pound and Roma: Roma/Amor (2009). She edited: Ezra Pound, Idee fondamentali. Meridiano di Roma (1939-1943) (1991), and the Italian translations of Indiscretions; or, Une Revue de deux Mondes (2004) and of Horace (2009). She has lately contributed to Ezra Pound in Context (2010), edited by Ira B. Nadel.