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

By Francesco Petrarca,Lee Harlin Bahan

Lee Harlin Bahan delves into the crowded box of Petrarch translations and promises a classical delivering with a postmodern-cool facelift. A 12 months of Mourning is bold, quirky, and playful, yet with conventional trimmings. the predicted classical and Biblical references abound, but in addition bright allusions to popular culture and the modern social scene, together with Madonna, Robert Frost, rock ‘n’ roll, even the Walnettos caramel-walnut sweet. this can be the Petrarch you recognize along the Petrarch you’ve by no means skilled prior to. this can be a Petrarch translation to not be missed.


Lee Bahan has undertaken a probably Herculean job, to translate a gaggle of Petrarch’s sonnets whereas taking away nearly every thing we go together with the notice “Petrarchan”; it’s as though her template is a pass among Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are not anything just like the solar” sonnet, and the lyrics of a very frustrated and dissatisfied state singer. this is often emphatically no longer our grandmother’s Petrarch, however it is by way of turns startling, enticing, superb, beguiling and sometimes tense . . . ironically sufficient, no longer not like the originals. If this is often outdated wine, it’s being served from a winningly flamboyant new bottle.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 together with his neighbor’s spouse, Laura, after which became to poetry in sorrow while she died younger of an infectious illness? the end result will be anything like Lee Harlin Bahan’s translations and modifications during this sonnet series. right here, the corset tightened till the bones crack has been loosened to permit for a ordinary diction, syntax, and idiom that permits that previous ghost, Petrarch, to talk to us as though he have been alive this day. the result's readable, profitable, and fascinating. this can be person who belongs in your nightstand.
  - Tony Barnstone, writer of Pulp Sonnets

Lee Harlin Bahan’s A yr of Mourning is a journey de strength, translating Petrarch into an idiom and poetics correct at domestic within the twenty-first century. “Translate” isn't particularly the ideal notice as Bahan updates and postmodernizes Petrarch in interesting and enjoyable style, whereas last on strong scholarly flooring. References to Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, and the enticements, between others, spark the partiality, whereas allusions to the Bible, Chrétien de Troyes, and vintage Greek mythology soothe the educational brain. A yr of Mourning is either a pleasing 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, received the 1st Indiana Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her moment chapbook is Notes to Sing. Bahan’s personal poetry has seemed in Ploughshares, The Kenyon overview, and The North American assessment, and her translations have seemed in ordinary Bridge, Southern Humanities evaluate, and Flying Island. After receiving a neighborhood provide to review Italian, Lee loved a month-long residency at Mary Anderson heart for the humanities, Mt. St. Francis, IN, pursuing her objective of translating Petrarch’s sonnets. Bahan lives along with her husband Pat in a hundred-year-old farmhouse open air Medora, IN.
  A yr of Mourning was once a different honoree for the 2016 capable Muse e-book Award.

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