The Wall Did Not Answer: Selected Poems 1932-1976
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Chelsea Editions
Date Published: 2010
Edition: First edition thus
Book Id: 39789
Signed by the translator, Philip Parisi, on the title page. 229 pp. [23 cm]; blue and yellow illustrated wraps.
Alfonso Gatto (1909-1976) was one of Italy's foremost twentieth-centry poets. Along with Mario Luzi, Vitorrio Sereni and others, he was one of a second generation of Italian "hermetic" poets after Giuseppe Ungaretti, Eugenio Montale, and Salvator Quasimodo. All were influenced by the French symbolist poets. In 1976, Gatto met an untimely death in a car accident near Rome. His final book of poems, Desinenze (Endings), was published posthumously.