Patrizia Cavalli, My Poems Won't Change the World“From the first time I read Patrizia Cavalli’s work—over 20 years ago—I was struck by how fresh and original her poems were.  No one else could weave so much humanity in so few lines—alternately funny, savage, heartbreaking, and painfully wise.  She earns the rarest compliment for a poet—she is irresistible.”
– Dana Gioia, author of Can Poetry Matter? and Pity the Beautiful

“Like Emerson, Patrizia Cavalli says the same thing over and over, and each time it is amazingly fresh and surprising. The world does change, in the telling.”
– John Ashbery

“I’ve known this fascinating woman for forty years. Look at her closely: it’s as if you were seeing Sappho in the flesh. Her simple, mysterious words are the lyrics to a stormy, romantic opera whose plot we half-intuit but never fully understand. This is the phenomenology of desire.”
– Edmund White, author of A Boy’s Own Story and The Beautiful Room is Empty

“Reading Patrizia Cavalli is nothing short of ecstasy. She conjures the witty eroticism of Catullus, the purity of haiku. She articulates, with disarming precision, the instabilty, the absurdity, the exquisite anguish of love. Perhaps her poems can’t change the world, but they have changed my life.”
– Jhumpa Lahiri

 

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