Described as the most "conspicuous voice in Italian poetry after Eugenio Montale," Mario Luzi created for himself an unmistakably individual rhythm, idiom, and ethos ...Particular to Luzi's poetry is the quality of lyricism, and tone of conversational intimacy, of which For the Baptism of Our Fragments represents the crowing achievement of a long poetic career which begsan with his first book of poems in 1935.
The most prominent voice in Italian poetry after Eugenio Montale, Mario Luzi (1914-2004) is generally considered one of Italy's greatest contemporary poets and one of the most outstanding literary figures of this century. He participated in the most important reviews of avant-garde literature during the 1930s. He published seven collections of poetry in addition to a collected poems. In 1978, he was awarded the prestigious Viareggio Prize for Poetry. This is the first English translation of his work in book form. Translator Luigi Bonaffini lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He has translated the work of numerous Italian poets.