Giulia Niccolai

«My joy is words/ which we chase like marbles/in and out of the passages/of a sand castle», so reads a beautiful poem by Giulia Niccolai in "Foto & Frisbee" (Oèdipus, 2016). A photographer, poet and narrator, active in 1966 with numerous publications, she is one of the most innovative voices of Italian poetry from the Post-War period until the present day. She has translated the writings of Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Patricia Highsmith, Dylan Thomas. In 1966, she published the novel "Il grande angolo" with Feltrinelli. In 1972, with her then partner Adriano Spatola, she founded the journal "Tam tam" in Val d'Enza, an unparalleled aggregator of experimental poetry which immediately attracted younger people. In the 1990s, after suffering with health problems, she converted to Buddhism and became a nun. Her poetry collections "Harry's Bar e altre poesie" (Feltrinelli, 1981) and "Frisbees. Poesie da lanciare" (Campanotto, 1994, Premio Feronia) are still referred to as masterpieces due to their virtuosity, vitality and strong sense of humour. She lives and works in Milan.

(photo: © Giovanni Giovannetti - Effigie)

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