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Sarah Arvio was born in 1954 and grew up near New York City. For Visits from the Seventh (2002), her first book of poems, she won the Rome Prize and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Poems in that volume were awarded The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Prize and Poetry's Frederick Bock Prize. Arvio works as a translator for the United Nations. (Photo by Rigel Garcia de la Cabada)
Here is Sono, a new collection of bracingly original poems, from the prizewinning author of Visits from the Seventh. Composed during a long stay in Rome, these cantos look outward in order to look inward, transforming sights and stories into expressionistic explorations of the state of the heart. Playful, probing, philosophical, colorful, often funny, they describe a struggle to come to terms with loss and grief and to find a basis for renewal; they ask whether and how life is worth living, taking pleasure in the questions themselves. "It wasn't the life I would have wanted, / had I known what sort of life I did want," starts the poem entitled "Chagrin." "I do believe I was never loved," announces "Obelisk." Riffing expertly, Sarah Arvio brings wit and exquisite formal discipline to her gorgeous meditations on the life lived. These are high-burning songs of the self colloquial, sexy, unflinching, and unforgettable.
"With every naked trope and suspended moment of playful insinuation, the heart is what gets translated in Sarah Arvio's Sono. This marvelously layered collection of stunning poems reveals through each poignant turn of phrase, weaving a modulated path into the interior of the Self."
by Sarah Arvio
Alfred A. Knopf
Poetry Daily / Amazon.com
Selected books available by Sarah Arvio:
Sono: Cantos Hardcover
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