The Harvest and the Lamp
The poems are often set in Italy, where Frisardi has lived for a number of years, drawing on natural or concrete imagery as well as the imaginal or symbolic. Frisardi composes in a number of forms: sonnet and sestina, triolet and ghazal, nonce forms and free verse, gracefully and with a fresh use of diction and rhyme. As the late poet-translator Brett Foster put it, "Andrew Frisardi's [poems] are exquisitely made things, many angled and shining brightly. Ear, eye, and mind do their elegant, exact work."
Frisardi is an internationally noted translator and independent scholar of Dante, and Dante's impact appears directly or indirectly in much of his poetry, including a few translations in this volume. The poet-biographer Paul Mariani has written that in Frisardi's poetry one finds the "resins of the classics everywhere. Add wit, sensitivity, humor and the recurring shock of recognition, then sit back and enjoy what Andrew Frisardi has prepared for you. Then come back and taste again for the sheer pleasure of the company."
About the Author
"Quite intimate and autobiographical. At times Frisardi's erudition and mastery of poetic form (free verse, sonnet, sestina) create pure displays of poetic technique."—Italian Americana
"Technically well honed and built from tough language...Frisardi is a master of traditional forms. The Harvest and the Lamp is masterly and represents an important debut."—THINK
"Infused with a sense of great fun, though it never spills into the territory of comedy. There is a genuine sense of enthusiasm, a refreshingly honest take on spirituality in his poetry."—America Magazine
"Frisardi's new collection The Harvest and the Lamp contain poems that rival the likes of Stallings and Patterson in formal accomplishment and the knowledge of the European traditions that English formalism still draws from...Frisardi, like Wilbur before him, shows the possibility of contemporary poetic concerns in a whole history of European forms, classical, medieval, and modern."—Dappled Things
"Frisardi's detail work is at once so well-finished and so natural that the painstaking labor of such put-together pieces remains humbly hidden: his radical inhabitance of history and mystery—this constant reminder of the body's ensoulment—persists throughout this exact and brisk collection of verses."—Presence
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