Shards: Fragments of Verses

Lorenzo Chiera (Author) Massimiliano Chiamenti (Translator)
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Sensual and glimmering, Lorenzo Chiera's elliptical fragments evoke nights of bawdy excess in Trastevere ("City made of Roman ruins . . . / what a whorehouse!"), translated here by one of the most renowned poets of our time.

In his preface, Lawrence Ferlinghetti describes the experience of reading Chiera for the first time: "We soon realize we are in the presence of a savage erotic consciousness, as if the lust-driven senses were suddenly awakened out of a hoary sleep of a thousand years, a youth shaken awake by a rude medieval hand, senses still reeling, drunk in the hold of some slave ship, not knowing night from day nor sight from sound, the eye and the ear and the nose confounding each other, not yet knowing which function each was to take up in the quivering dawn."

Product Details

New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
September 08, 2015
4.3 X 1.1 X 6.1 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Lorenzo Chiera was a 14-century monk.
Massimiliano Chiamenti was an Italian poet and philologist. He was the Italian translator of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, and Philip Lamantia.
In 1953 Lawrence Ferlinghetti cofounded City Lights, the first paperback bookstore in the United States, a Mecca for millions. His Coney Island of the Mind is one of the best-selling volumes of poetry by any living American poet. Born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, Ferlinghetti has received the Robert Frost Memorial Medal and the first Literarian Award of the National Book Foundation.


Lawrence gets you laughing then hits you with the truth.--Francis Ford Coppola
Delicious morsels of twelfth-century verse.