As translator Lawrence Venuti puts it, the writing of De Angelis is "a series of stunning poetic researches that draw on classical literature, existential phenomenology, and psychoanalysis, but rethink them according to the new conceptions of subjectivity and language that underlie the variey of poststructuralisms in contemporary French and Italian culure." Although DeAngelis has some affinities with the Novissimi of the generation preceding him, "he eschews the explicit political engagement . . .for a poetic discourse that is both deeply personal and densely philosophical."
Finite Intuition brings together a selection of poems culled from four books, published from 1976 to 1989, and several essays. This overview of De Angelis's writing is an important addition to the Sun & Moon Classics Series, and a fascinating introduction to a major Italian writer.