By Robert Wrigley

A strong new assortment from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has turn into one among his generation's so much finished poets, well known for his irony, strength, and lucid type and for his skill to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century exam of human suggestions and emotions—Wrigley's new assortment capability to ascertain our international in the course of the lens of melancholia. From imagined conflict memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' misplaced daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to hurry Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a guy named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), those are poems that elegize and rejoice that the majority attractive, exasperating, joyous, depressing, and completely imperfect of all creatures—the human being.

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Its voice is cracked… Yet the time has come, it is ready; my last poem, with this pen. To you only I leave the ink for the game, the paper for the fire. The Poetry of Menotti Lerro 5 L’ultima valigia aperta di tremula incertezza. È nel buio del suo sonno mio padre, accanto a me, e già lo sento piangere ciò che nell’aria di settembre avverte. Oh, quante volte indietro getterò i miei occhi, che ti vedono ancora solo, vicino ai quei tizzoni ad aspettarmi. Il rosso, il nero, il filo per i denti… e il vuoto è quasi colmo all’apparenza.

Il gioco era un’invenzione: sognare lo scudetto in una radio, chiudere i soldatini nelle trincee del cuore, affilare qualche molletta del bucato per farne un’automobile giocattolo che ci portasse via, ma che poi mai sarebbe passata. The Poetry of Menotti Lerro Il pianto della rassegnazione non ha eco, non lo puoi toccare, vedere, sentire; ma solo immaginare in attimi che non t’aspetti mentre tua madre taglia le patate e pulisce il coltello sul grembiule. E poi Natale... Natale! Natale per chi sogna è di domenica… le strade si inebriano di incensi… ogni mano porta in dono l’altra mano… sulla soglia della chiesa c’è la brace… sa di neve… Chi mai sogna aspetta l’inclito giorno con timore e sorride per nascondere alla gente le sopracciglia aggrovigliate dal rancore.

7 Se la vita è un insieme di fiumi prosciugati che nel mare trasportano gli echi delle acque, noi altro non siamo che ombre, luci riflesse di corpi morti senza possibili foci né approdi. 37 38 Selected Poetry 8 Inside the restless night he who stays awake sinks, fervent unexpressed silence. In glassy eyes the last childhood memory: shadows which came down by mountains carrying cold darkness in their teeth, trampling on mushrooms in a pinewood. leaving death among paths of chestnuts and oleanders, stopping along the river in brief moments of hope, in order to clean ready jaws… defenseless beasts sniffing death on the dusty ground.

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