New PDF release: A Year of Mourning: Poems 271-322 of Petrarch's Rerum

By Francesco Petrarca,Lee Harlin Bahan

ISBN-10: 1927409950

ISBN-13: 9781927409954

Lee Harlin Bahan delves into the crowded box of Petrarch translations and supplies a classical delivering with a postmodern-cool facelift. A yr of Mourning is bold, quirky, and playful, yet with conventional trimmings. the predicted classical and Biblical references abound, but in addition shiny allusions to popular culture and the modern social scene, together with Madonna, Robert Frost, rock ‘n’ roll, even the Walnettos caramel-walnut sweet. this is often the Petrarch you recognize along the Petrarch you’ve by no means skilled earlier than. it is a Petrarch translation to not be missed.


Lee Bahan has undertaken a likely Herculean activity, to translate a bunch of Petrarch’s sonnets whereas casting off nearly every little thing we go together with the be aware “Petrarchan”; it’s as though her template is a go among Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are not anything just like the solar” sonnet, and the lyrics of a very pissed off and disappointed kingdom singer. this can be emphatically no longer our grandmother’s Petrarch, however it is through turns startling, attractive, astonishing, beguiling and sometimes tense . . . ironically sufficient, no longer not like the originals. If this can be previous wine, it’s being served from a winningly flamboyant new bottle.
  - Dick Davis, writer of At domestic, and much from Home

What if that lovelorn Italian sonneteer Francesco Petrarca used to be a wisecracking man named Frank Petrarch from Indiana who fell in love along with his neighbor’s spouse, Laura, after which grew to become to poetry in sorrow whilst she died younger of an infectious sickness? the outcome should be whatever like Lee Harlin Bahan’s translations and changes during this sonnet series. the following, the corset tightened till the bones crack has been loosened to permit for a usual diction, syntax, and idiom that permits that previous ghost, Petrarch, to talk to us as though he have been alive this present day. the result's readable, profitable, and fascinating. this is often person who belongs in your nightstand.
  - Tony Barnstone, writer of Pulp Sonnets

Lee Harlin Bahan’s A 12 months of Mourning is a travel de strength, translating Petrarch into an idiom and poetics correct at domestic within the twenty-first century. “Translate” isn't really particularly the correct observe as Bahan updates and postmodernizes Petrarch in interesting and unique type, whereas final on sturdy scholarly flooring. References to Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, and the enticements, between others, spark the fondness, whereas allusions to the Bible, Chrétien de Troyes, and vintage Greek mythology soothe the tutorial brain. A yr of Mourning is either a lovely learn and a enormous achievement.
  - Vince Gotera, editor of North American Review


Lee Harlin Bahan earned her MFA at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her thesis, Migration Solo, gained the 1st Indiana Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her moment chapbook is Notes to Sing. Bahan’s personal poetry has seemed in Ploughshares, The Kenyon assessment, and The North American assessment, and her translations have seemed in ordinary Bridge, Southern Humanities assessment, and Flying Island. After receiving an area provide to review Italian, Lee loved a month-long residency at Mary Anderson middle for the humanities, Mt. St. Francis, IN, pursuing her objective of translating Petrarch’s sonnets. Bahan lives together with her husband Pat in a hundred-year-old farmhouse outdoor Medora, IN.
  A 12 months of Mourning was once a different honoree for the 2016 capable Muse booklet Award.

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