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

Dino Campana wrote the unique, visionary masterwork of Italian literature Orphic Songs when he was in his twenties. The originality, rapturous language, and strange beauty of his poetry make him as important to twentieth-century poetry as García Lorca or Mayakovsky. 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 from 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.

"Dino Campana's small and intensely magical body of poetry from the early years of the last century–prose and free verse that combine the visual and the visionary with astonishing vigor and haunting grace–is little known to English-speaking readers." —Oberlin College Press

Dino Campana (1885-1932) was an Italian lyricist and poet, known for his flamboyant personality. His only collection of poems is found in Orphic Songs. In 1918 he was admitted into a mental hospital and lived the rest of his life there.

Title Orphic Songs
Subtitle Pocket Poets Number 54
Author Dino Campana
Translated by Lawrence Salomon
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 May 1998
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 183 p.
ISBN-10 0872863409
ISBN-13 9780872863408
Publication Date 01 May 1998
Main content page count 183
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.95

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