Originally from Boston, Andrew Frisardi has been living in the area of Orvieto, Italy, since 1999, where he works as a writer, translator, and editor. His edition of Dante's Vita Nova was published by Northwestern University Press in 2012. The Young Dante and the One Love, a book of his lectures on the Vita Nova, was published by the Temenos Academy (London) in 2013. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, a Hawthornden Literary Fellowship, and the 2004 Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.
'Be prepared to find a surprising galaxy of images, dictions, themes and poetic forms among these pages, along with resins of the classics everywhere. Add wit, sensitivity, humor and the recurring shock of recognition, then sit back and enjoy what Andrew Frisardi has prepared for you. Then come back and taste again for the sheer pleasure of the company.'
'If poems are etymologically "things made," then the poems in Andrew Frisardi's Death of a Dissembler are exquisitely made things, many-angled and shining brightly....Throughout this collection, Frisardi's potent seeing repeatedly makes a "small thing big"—as when kids surround a soccer ball like antibodies around a germ, or bees plunge into blossoms and in their moving become a "tree's flourish." ... Give me most of all the contracted lyrical intensities of "Phenomena," with its meditation on practically everything of importance to us—perception, experience, life's brevity, the pleasures of the physical world and hope in some unknown possibly beyond it, and, most fittingly of all, the artist's earnest promise of efforts and a flinty intention that they will succeed. And they do.'
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