Orphic Songs
Orphic Songs
Pocket Poets Number 54
Translated by Lawrence Salomon


Dino Campana

Campana was the wild man of Italian poetry in 1914, on the eve of World War I. The war saved some young Italians from rebellion and Fascism, but not Campana. Always an outsider, he was a vagabond who worked now and then as a gaucho, miner, fireman, organ-grinder, janitor, circus tumbler, horse-groomer, and a wandering musician with a Gypsy band. He died in Castel Pulci, a psychiatric hospital, in 1932.