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Italy has produced some of the most inventive and controversial poetry of the past one hundred years. In this new anthology, all the major Italian poets of the early part of the century are well represented - Montale, Ungaretti, Saba, Quasimodo and D'annunzio among them - poets who have filtered through to the English speaking world, and are already influential and appreciated. But many of their contemporaries from the mid-century and later are far less kwn - and deserve to be kwn - and Jamie McKendrick turns the light to them as well, including the work of Sereni, Passolini, Bertolucci and many others. 20th-Century Italian Poems is a stimulating sift through the key poets and poems of this fascinating period in European literature.
Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He taught at the University of Salerno in Italy and is the author of four collections of poetry: The Sirocco Room (1991); The Kiosk on the Brink (1993); The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and a Poetry Book Society Choice; and Ink Stone (2003), which was shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award. He is editor of the 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004), and his translation of the poetry of Valerio Magrelli will be published by Faber next year. Jamie McKendrick lives in Oxford.