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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 tune with issues either own and common. those are the poems of a soul looking and of 1 looking. they're the poems of the prodigal - who trips out keen into the area and returns having came upon 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 definite and pervasive vision.

In truth, those are, of their purest essence, love poems: occasionally solemn as prayers and in general, rhapsodic; the affection of phrases, of position, of individuals previous and current and a love for and of a global which turns out constantly in a dazzling flux among the sacred and profane.

Like incantations or the lingering lyric of a departed balladeer, they're the poems written by way of 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 big apple urban. An acclaimed polymath, he on a regular basis engages in “a nifty, polymathic juggling act” with numerous paintings forms.

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