Elsa Cross: Bomarzo Back

The open mouth of the Orcus, in the front-cover photograph, represents an entrance to the underworld, according to all the symbolism embedded in the Gardens of Bomarzo, built in the 16th Century in central Italy. And this books actually seems to play with different strata of reality and perception, with different states of mind — as well as the soul. It proceed from the concrete to the oneiric; from the past, constantly weighting down the present, to the timeless moment that perhaps in the final poems gives meaning to —or annhilitates— all the dense phantasmagoria that courses through its pages.

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Bilingual edition
Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel.
Published March 2019. Paperback, 90 pp.


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