Lucia Gazzino

Alter Mundus



This is a beautiful and powerful bi-lingual collection of poems by one of Italy’s finest young poets. In a strong translation by Michael Daley, English-speaking readers can read poems covering  politics, love, sex, and social justice. With an introduction by Jack Hirschman and a preface by Ivano Malcotti, along with the original Italian versions of the poems, this volume serves as a way of understanding modern Italian culture as well as Italian language.

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.’ The work is strong, clear, passionate, and Gazzino knows how to develop an image. First published by Lietocolle in Como, Italy, this is a beautiful collection, and Pleasure Boat Studio is delighted to introduce her to American readers.


Lucia Gazzino is a young Italian poet who writes in her Friulan language as well as in Italian.



I cannot leave you my eyes,

eyes that find so much love in you,

neither these hands that would caress your skin

nor my lips that would drink in

the sweet liqueur of your words.

I cannot leave you my heart

nor my hair, cheeks, earlobes,

no gowns or jewels.

I leave you a place, a wind out of the North,

a sea, infinite, a perfume,


I leave you only this trace of me.

Additional information

Weight 5.6 oz
Dimensions 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 in



Lucia Gazzino




Original Language



Michael Daley

Publish Date


Page/Word Count

86 pages


2013 The Italian poet, and her American translator, Lucia Gazzino, Michael Daley, share a sensitivity to the sufferings of humanity in an unjust society. In these poems of love and loss, This Other World Does Exist By BEvans on July 28



1 review for Alter Mundus

  1. Italian poet Ivano Malcotti

    “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.”

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