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Event: Launch of our Rocco Scotellaro, Poems pamphlet, Wednesday 7th March 2012


You are warmly invited to the launch of our first MPT Poets pamphlet Rocco Scotellaro, Poems at The Italian Bookshop, 5 Cecil Court, WC2N 4EZ, London, on Wednesday 7th March 2012 at 6.30pm.  Free entrance and wine.   Readers will be Cristina Viti, Allen Prowle and Caroline Maldonado.   

The MPT Poets pamphlets series features an extended selection of translated poems by poets and translators first discovered in MPT, whose work the editors feel deserves wider attention.  Rocco Scotellaro, first appeared in MPT 3/10 The Big Green Issue in Allen Prowle's English translations. 

Rocco Scotellaro was born in 1923 in Tricarico, in the impoverished southern region of Lucania. When he died at the age of thirty, he had published poems in regional and national magazines and was beginning to attract significant critical attention and acclaim. In the year after his death a first collection, È fatto giorno, selected by Carlo Levi from over four hundred poems in his possession, was awarded both the Pellegrino and Viareggio prizes. Further selections were edited by Franco Fortini in 1974 and Franco Vitelli in 1978 and 1982. Recognition of Scotellaro’s importance and achievement came in 2004 with Mondadori’s publication in its Oscar Series of the complete poems.

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