By Juan-Paolo Perre

Juan-Paolo Perre is the 2014 Legacy Poetry Award sequence chosen writer. Evoking the haunting spectre of Federico García Lorca’s duende, this auspicious debut assortment hums of a humane song with topics either own and common. those are the poems of a soul looking and of 1 looking out. they're the poems of the prodigal - who trips out keen into the realm and returns having came across it once more in colors bucolic, melancholic and buoyant.

One can truly see in those poems his ancestral bloodline: from Pablo Neruda to Hart Crane and Walt Whitman to Philip Levine. those poems clamour with a yes and pervasive vision.

In truth, those are, of their purest essence, love poems: occasionally solemn as prayers and quite often, rhapsodic; the affection of phrases, of position, of individuals prior and current and a love for and of an international which turns out consistently in a impressive flux among the sacred and profane.

Like incantations or the lingering lyric of a departed balladeer, they're the poems written via a brand new form of visionary - one who sees the realm yet then dares to step again into it - taking his position once more yet now militantly hopeful and armed with a undeniable form of impenitent pleasure.

Born in Siena, Italy, Mr. Perre emigrated as a toddler to London, England after which later to long island urban. An acclaimed polymath, he usually engages in “a nifty, polymathic juggling act” with numerous paintings forms.

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