Blown Away is a collection of ethereal declarations and fragmented utterances echoing in the chambers of the skull and the depths of the belly. vito m. bonito’s collection, first published in Italian and now translated into English by Allison Grimaldi Donahue recounts the experience of another world, the space of the non-living but also the non-dead, a state of limbo in which peace and calm are sought after but impossible to find. The poems recall the shadows, landscapes, and images of childhood in Giovanni Pascoli’s poetry as much as the sinister laughter and violence portrayed in the films of Harmony Korine. bonito is a rigorous and singular voice in contemporary Italian poetry.
About the Author
vito m. bonito has published books of poetry including Luce eterna (Galerie Bordas Venezia, 2012), Fioritura del sangue (Perrone, 2010), Sidereus Nuncius (Grafiche Fioroni, 2009), La vita inferiore (Donzelli, 2004), Campo degli orfani (Book, 2000), A distanza di neve (Book, 1997). He has also written criticism featured in Le parole e le ore. Gli orologi barocchi: antologia poetica del Seicento, (Sellerio, 1996); L’occhio del tempo. L’orologio barocco tra letteratura, scienza ed emblematica (Clueb, 1995); Il gelo e lo sguardo. La poesia di Cosimo Ortesta e Valerio Magrelli (Clueb, 1996); Il canto della crisalide. Poesia e orfanità (Clueb, 1999); Pascoli, (Liguori, 2007). He has written various essays on Montale, Beckett, Artaud, De Signoribus, Aristakisjan. He teaches Italian literature in Bologna.
About the Translator
Allison Grimaldi-Donahue is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in Words Without Borders, BOMB, Mousse Magazine The Brooklyn Rail, Electric Literature, Funhouse Magazine, The Fanzine and other journals. She has been an NEA Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, a Bakeless Fellow at the Bread Loaf Translator’s Conference and an artist in residence at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She is fiction editor at Queen Mob’s Teahouse and associate translation editor at Anomaly Press. She is a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School. Her chapbook Body to Mineral came out in 2016 with Publication Studio Vancouver. She teaches writing at John Cabot University, Rome.