Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on the 111 poems Mario Petrucci composed for his newborn son, crib was completed on the boy's first birthday. Tender though never sentimental, inventive yet anchored in physical and psychological reality, this multifaceted poetry collection records a father's profound attentiveness to his boy, refracted through the poet's radical devotion to language. In its fascination with infant consciousness, crib adds a distinctive strand to Petrucci's immense i tulips sequence. Bringing wakefulness and sleep to archetypal pitch, these lines extend paternity into fresh dimensions that encompass ecology, geology, and cosmology.
"This poetry is a kind of night fishing, poem after poem casting out its thin line of sound and image, reeling in a sudden arresting idea or touch of subtle beauty. With rich vocabulary and melting syntax, crib trusts to the slippage from sensation to thought and association, back to sense. The poems stretch linguistic awareness and challenge easy resolutions, but are never an arid exercise, rooted as they are in that deepest and most physical human experience—the bond between parent and child." —Philip Gross, poet, novelist, playwright, academic, and author, The Water Table
About the Author
Mario Petrucci is a multi-award-winning poet, an ecologist, a physicist, and a Royal Literary Fund fellow. He is a four-time winner of the London Writers Competition, has won prizes in the National Poetry Competition, and is the recipient of a PBS Recommendation, the Bridport Prize, an Arts Council England Writers' Award, and a New London Writers Award. He is the author of Flowers of Sulphur, Heavy Water: A Poem for Chernobyl, and i tulips.