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Ljuba Merlina Bortolani
90 pages (2002); 503KB downloadBOA Editions
; ISBN: 1-929918-21-6
Poems by Ljuba Merlina Bortolani translated by Michael Palma with an introduction by Alfredo de Palchi.
Everything that young Ljuba Merlina has written so far shows an unmistakably inventive maturation. Her eye is fierce and her voice confident. As befits adolescences, and in the fullness of it, with feelings hurled like slaps in the face, the flushes, the flashes of dizziness, the knife of infatuation — the macho here does not cut a fine figure. And yet those observations, those tensions that are primitive and hermetic, seem, in Ljuba Merlina's phrasing, to be realistic, pulsating, full of collisions and correspondences, of consummated experience...I have absolute faith in this young, natural artist. Her expressive capability far outdistances her physical years. Ljuba Merlina Bortalani reminds all the timid scribblers that poetry is the enchantment of youth, even for those who are no longer perfectly young.