A poet mixing visions of nature and humanity

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TIZIANO FRATUS: A POET MIXING VISIONS OF NATURE AND HUMANITY

Tiziano Fratus grew up looking at and listening the elements of nature. Long summers alone in the wide plane of Lumbardy and after among the beautiful hills of Monferrato, in Piedmont. As a young adult he begin to surf in the woods and ancient forests of the alps. Reaching the kingdom of monumental conifers in California he found a new reason, a new idea of identity. So new trees and roots and leaves blossomed on the paper.

Among his poetry collections Il molosso (The Molossus, 3 editions – Edizioni Torino Poesia), Il respiro della terra (The Breath of the land – Edizioni Torino Poesia), Nuova Poesia Creaturale (New Creatural Poetry – Edizioni Torino Poesia), Un quaderno di radici (A Notebook of Roots – Feltrinelli), Musica per le foreste (Music for the Forests – First edition Mondadori, second edition Aboca), Vergine dei nidi (Virgin of the Nests – Feltrinelli).

Last poetry production is influenced by the idea of a minimalist sacred music, inspired by artists as Arvo Part, Harold Budd, Ten Holt, Stefan Micus, Phjilip Glass and John Tavener. He works to create poems “in a shape of seeds, leaves and trees”, “miniated forests” as he like to consider them. This writing series embraces the antology Poesie creaturali. Un bosco in versi (Creatural Poems. A Wood in Lines – Libreria della Natura, Milan, 2019) and the new collection Sogni di un disegnatore di fiori di ciliegio (Dreams of a Cherry Flowers Sketcher – Aboca, Sansepolcro, 2020).

Fratus’ poetry has been translated into ten languages and published by international magazines and journals; he has been selected for the international platform Versopolis that connect largest european poetry festivals. In 2010 Creaturing, a selection of his poetry, has been published in the US by Marick Press and presented across the country, in 2017 a new selection titled Eleven Root Poems has been translated and published in UK by Five Seasons Press and presented in Ledbury Poetry Festival. He’s columnist for the newspaper La Stampa and he’s living in a little village at the foot of the Italian Alps. In 2015 he was honored by Cinemambiente Festival with Acorn Prize for his Green and New Nature Literature.

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Here the cover of the forthcoming new collection of poems: Sogni di un disegnatore di fiori di ciliegio, Dreams of a Cherry Flowers Sketcher, published by Aboca.

>>> Tiziano Fratus – A new poetic voice in Europe – Versopolis. Where Poetry Lives
>>> Creaturing – Fratus poetry collection in the US – Marick Press in Detroit
>>> Double Skin – 5 Italian Poets and 5 Singaporean Poets – Ethos Books in Singapore
>>> Eleven Root Poems – The book, Five Season Press in Hereford
>>> Tiziano Fratus guest at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017
>>> Tiziano Fratus guest at Struga Poetry Evenings 2018
>>> Read 3 poems (bilingual) in «Conversation Poetry Quarterly» (UK)
>>> Creaturing – Ilya Kaminski & Kathryn Farris, Web del Sol
>>> Creatures, Inside and Out: Tiziano Fratus’s Creaturing by Michale O’ Sullivan, Cha: an Asian Literary Journal
>>> Creaturing reviewed by Paul Martinez Pompa – Big Bridge

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ABOUT HIS POETRY

«Creaturing by Tiziano Fratus is the book of a citizen who is able to look at history through its abstractions and details and find music where others saw propaganda, find humanity where others saw statistics, find remmbering alive and afire, among things too many of us are ready to forget» Ilya Kaminski & Kathryn Farris – Web del Sol / Poetry International

«Fratus’ poetry explores what it means to be a young italian poet today in the shadow of historical, cultural and traditional forces» Francesco Levato – The Poetry Center of Chicago

«Francesco Levato’s translation into english of Tiziano Fratus’ collection Creaturing is stunning in its seemingly effortless and lyrically precise momentum. There is non question, this is an important collection and a most impressive and accomplished translation» Malena Morling – University of North Carolina

«The book’s title, Creaturing, begets further irony as we come to see humanity itself as a king of creature that engages in all sorts of vile behavior white actual animals, by contrast, are rendered as potentially noble beings» Paul Martinez Pompa – Big Bridge

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LAST BOOKS

Wo Lyrik Zuhause ist. Tiziano Fratus – Publisher: Edition Aramo in Vienna
L’Italia è un giardino / Italy is a Garden – Publisher: Laterza in Rome/Bari
Il sole che nessuno vede / The Sun which Nobody sees – Publisher: Ediciclo in Portogruaro
Poèmes / Poems / Poesie – Publisher: La Traductière in Paris

Vergine dei nidi. poesie creaturali / Virgin of the Nests. Creatural poems – Publisher: Feltrinelli in Milan
Eleven root poems / Undici poesie radice – Publisher: Five Seasons Press in Hereford
I giganti silenziosi / Silent Giants – Publisher: Bompiani in Milan
Manuale del perfetto cercatore d’alberi (a new edition) – Publisher: Feltrinelli in Milan
Il bosco è un mondo / Wood is a World (Essay) – Publisher: Einaudi in Turin

– Waldo Basilius (a gothic fairy-tale) – Publisher: Pelledoca in Milan
Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. Italy and the Environmental Humanities – Publisher: University of Virginia Press in Charlottesville

Poesie creaturali. Un bosco in versi / Creature Poems. A wood in verses – Publisher: Libreria della Natura in Milan
– Giona delle sequoie. Viaggio fra i giganti rossi del Nord America / Jonas of the Sequoias. Travel among Red Giants in North America – Publisher: Bompiani in Milan
– Interrestràre. Quaderno di meditazioni / A notebook of meditations – Publisher: Lindau in Turin)

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NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Tiziano Fratus ha been invited by national and international Festivals (Singapore Writers Festival, Comedie du Livre in Montpellier, Literatur und Wein in Krems – Osterreich, Druskininkai Poetic Fall in Lithuania, Turin Book Fair, Genoa International Poetry Festival, Ars Poetica Bratislava, Poestate Lugano, Bookcity Milan, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Mantua Festivaletteratura, Firenze Book Fair, Rome Ritratti di Poesia Festival, Milan Tempo di Libri, Torino Spiritualità, Goran’s Spring in Zagreb, Struga Poetry Evenings), Italian Institutes of Culture (Singapore, Chicago, Lisbon, Marsille, Amsterdam, Lugano, Edimburgh), Universities (Columbia – New York, Vermont – Burlington, Illinois – Chicago, State University – San Diego, Statale – Torino), cultural centres (Book Center – Minneapolis, Casa Fernando Pessoa – Lisbon, Felix Kulpa Art Gallery – Santa Crux, Jersey Arts Centre – Jersey), botanical gardens and parks.

[All the poems reproduced in this page are translated by Eleonora Matarrese]

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9 risposte a "A poet mixing visions of nature and humanity"

  1. Bravo! I am delighted to discover your website and your achievements, Tiziano Fratus!

    I am a poet and novelist from Cape Town, South Africa, and a literary/cultural historian with a particular interest in the discourses about the Cape as ‘Mediterranean’ from the early twentieth century, and histories of landscape, botany, horticulture and good architecture.

    My novels are about a sangoma (a South African indigenous shaman) and his healing mission. The next one I am calling ‘The World Ash: more tales from the shaman’s record’, and it will be all about trees. The main character will be a ‘green man’ from the Cotswolds in England who undertakes a great journey down through Europe, the Levant, and Africa to the Cape to explore the condition of the axis mundi or the world tree. The finale will take place in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain, in Cape Town.

    My task is to gather much information on tree mythology and timber lore, as well as real descriptions of forests and woodlands. I thank you for your work, and I will purchase a copy of Homo Radix/Root Man. I know Latin but my Italian is very poor.

    with all good wishes!
    Peter Merrington, Cape Town

    "Mi piace"

  2. Dear Peter,
    thank you very much for your words.
    The architecture of your next novel seems to me very interesting, I read a lot about Kirstenbosch B.G. Are you considering to embrace big Baobab Trees? Your country guest biggest specimens of the world…

    Good wishes

    Tiziano

    "Mi piace"

  3. Dear Tiziano,

    Yes, I certainly intend to have the Baobab trees, as well as the quiver trees that are indigenous to the Northern Cape and which are similar – also called the ‘upside-down trees’ because they look like people that are planted head-first into the ground with two legs sticking up. And the great variety of Cape mountain trees that are only now beginning to return, to re-establish themselves properly, slow-growing, in the ravines of Table Mountain.

    En route through Europe I will include a visit, in the narrative, to legendary sites such as the Teutoberger Wald and the Black Forest. I expect I will seek much material via Google, since I cannot travel again for some time.

    best wishes
    Peter

    "Mi piace"

  4. Upside-down Trees… I will do a research on them… Consider to visit some of our legendary Big Trees in Italy, we have a huge natural and monumental heritage, here in my region, the Piedmont, and here in this country.

    Best wishes

    Tiziano

    "Mi piace"

  5. Hi Tiziano. I am very happy to see you following ‘Jamoroki’. I’d love to know what attracted you. I must say at first glance your blog looks very interesting and certainly out of the ordinary. I must take some time to study. Keep well. James

    "Mi piace"

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