Pleasure Boat Studio is proud to announce the bilingual publication of Alter Mundus (The Other World) by Lucia Gazzino. These lovely and thoughtful translations by Michael Daley of Gazzino’s Italian are the first of the popular poet’s five collections to be published in English. She is a poet who includes her personal life and private emotions while amassing evidence in an argument with greed, despair, and injustice. San Francisco’s former Poet Laureate, Jack Hirschman, noted “the exquisite intimacy of many of her poems of love and despair,” as well as the “strength and resoluteness of her ‘civil’ or more directly political poems…. Daley’s translation captures Gazzino's bitten-lip idiom, her implosive magmatic tension between ‘being-here’ and
‘being away.’ Italian poet Ivano Malcotti called Alter Mundus “an organic diary of reflections that become reality in the full maturity of emancipation, in remembrance, in the amorous instinct. These are refined lyrics, extremely personal, with a sweet timbre – the lyrical mark of a great identity.” The work is strong, clear, passionate, and Gazzino knows how to develop an image. First published by Lietocole in Firenze, Italy, this is a beautiful collection, and Pleasure Boat Studio is delighted to introduce her to American readers.

Take a look at this review of ALTER MUNDUS in Off the Coast, a literary journal: