Poetry. Translated from the Italian by the author. Bilingual edition. Selections from Rimbaud in Umbria (1993), Quartettsatz (1996) and In Rotta per Valparaíso /Heading for Valparaíso (1996), plus previously unpublished poems. Quartettsatz, named after the mysteriously incomplete "Quartet movement" of Franz Schubert, is filled with wit, irony and hard statements of reality. HEADING FOR VALPARAÍSO takes the reader on a journey of memory and hope with a full recognition of the pains and joys of nature. These are carefully crafted, thought-provoking poems with sharp edges.
"Ned Condini's poetry unexpectedly combines the compressed lyricism of Italian modernism with the democratic tone of contemporary American verse."—Dana Gioia
"Quartettsatz, a volume of poetry by Ned Condini, contains some beautiful and moving passages, and even in its most opaque moments makes for fascinating reading ... Condini has also taken his time and produced a solid book, one with pleasures on every page. It should reach the widest possible audience."—Michael Palma