A poem cycle about hospital life and illness by revered, twentieth-century Italian avant-gardist.Hospital Series, a bruisingly intimate colloquy with an elusive lover, is Italian poet Amelia Rosselli’s virtuoso, subversive, neo-Petrarchan sequence of poems. Rosselli wrote much of the series in the mid 1960s after being hospitalized for a mental illness she suffered from for most of her life, and whose pain shapes her language and difficult vision. These explosive poems, a furious cacophonic crescendo of semantic and syntactic accumulations deeply admired by Pier Paolo Pasolini, place Rosselli among the greatest writers of her generation.
About the Author
The daughter of a martyred antifascist philosopher, Amelia Rosselli was born in Paris in 1930, grew up in England and New York, settling in Italy, first in Florence and then in Rome, only after the war. In 1996, she took her own life. A trilingual writer who described herself as “a poet of exploration,” Rosselli was also a translator (Emily Dickinson among others), musician, and musicologist, and the author of eight collections of poetry.
DEBORAH WOODARD is a poet and translator living in Seattle.
Roberta Antognini is an Associate Professor of Italian and Chair of Italian at Vasser College.
Giuseppe Leporace is a senior lecturer of Italian at the University of Washington.