Synopses & Reviews
Over a decade in the making, Flowers of Sulphur marks a fresh phase in Mario Petruccis engagement with the fundamentals of human existence. Disarmingly various, these remarkable new poems alert us to the resistance, as much as to the malleability, of language and life. They reconcile like the quantum world they reflect apparently paradoxical qualities, combining clarity and complexity, fusing science with psyche, in forms as precise as they are compelling. Pungent with experience, here is a poetry that, moment to moment, reinvents itself so as to unsettle- and inspire.
Mario Petrucci is an ecologist, physicist, and war poet. He is also the only poet to have been in residence at the Imperial War Museum. A selection of these poems won the Daily Telegraph/Arvon International Poetry Competition 2002, and two won Merit Awards in the Nottingham Open Poetry Competition in the same year. His new collection of poems explores the gamut of human experience. These poems ring with complexity and clarity: like our quantum world, this award-winning collection reinvents itself moment to moment so as to unsettle, move, and inspire us.
About the Author
Ecologist, PhD physicist and Royal Literary Fund Fellow Mario Petrucci is a multi-award-winning poet and residency frontiersman, the only poet to have been resident at the Imperial War Museum and with BBC Radio 3. Mario is four times winner of the London Writers competition, has won prizes in the National Poetry Competition, and is recipient of a PBS Recommendation, the Bridport Prize, an Arts Council England Writers' Award and a New London Writers Award. His Arvon-winning collection Heavy Water: a poem for Chernobyl, below, was the basis of a film by Seventh Art Productions. Aspiring to reach 1111 poems in the vast 'i tulips' project, Petruccis tulips promise to grow into a truly ambitious landmark body of work” (Poetry Book Society Bulletin).