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Series: NYRB Poets
Publication Date: April 25, 2023
by Antonella Anedda, translated from the Italian by Susan Stewart and Patrizio Ceccagnoli
Tacitus, the brooding historian of the Roman Empire, supplies the title of Antonella Anedda’s Historiae, in which she grapples with a legacy of Mediterranean displacement and violence that stretches from antiquity to the present day. In this bilingual edition, Anedda writes about the aftermath of centuries of colonization, about the ongoing European immigration crisis, and about the wild Sardinian archipelago of La Maddalena and the teeming Roman neighborhood of Trastevere—places between which she has divided her life—in a wonderfully various collection where poems of community frame poems of private life, among them a moving elegy for her mother. With wit, insight, and economy, Anedda reminds us that history is plural and that our perspectives, too, are constituted by pluralities—by events both present and past, both world-shaking and exquisitely mundane.
These beautiful poems by Antonella Anedda illuminate the correspondences between the flora, fauna and material substance of our mortal, temporal world-- birds, bedsheets, constellations, "moonlight scratches along the wall"-- and the psyche's dreamscapes. Historiae is precise, inquiring, and urgent, a timely introduction to the work of a major poet of our time.