The Harvest and the Lamp
Imprint: Franciscan University Press
5.50 x 8.50 in
- Published: August 2020
The Harvest and the Lamp, the third volume of the Colosseum Books series, is a singular collection of poems in a wide variety of forms and voices. Author Andrew Frisardi writes on fundamental human themes such as love and desire, death and grief, the nature of the self and self-transcendence in a tone that ranges from serious to witty to exuberant.
The poems are often set in Italy, where Frisardi has lived for a number of years, drawing on natural or concrete imagery as well as the imaginal or symbolic. Frisardi composes in a number of forms: sonnet and sestina, triolet and ghazal, nonce forms and free verse, gracefully and with a fresh use of diction and rhyme. As the late poet-translator Brett Foster put it, "Andrew Frisardi’s [poems] are exquisitely made things, many angled and shining brightly. Ear, eye, and mind do their elegant, exact work."
Frisardi is an internationally noted translator and independent scholar of Dante, and Dante’s impact appears directly or indirectly in much of his poetry, including a few translations in this volume. The poet-biographer Paul Mariani has written that in Frisardi’s poetry one finds the "resins of the classics everywhere. Add wit, sensitivity, humor and the recurring shock of recognition, then sit back and enjoy what Andrew Frisardi has prepared for you. Then come back and taste again for the sheer pleasure of the company."
"With its studied and steady gaze set upon our most human and universal concerns, this is a collection that rises above the anxiety and chaos of the moment. Steeped as these poems are in literary and religious traditional, they bring order and perspective, reminding and reassuring us that what we face now is not new; that the cycles of death and rebirth repeat themselves season after season, that life remains a joyous thing despite our great losses, and that a resurrection of the body and the spirit is still possible by way of beauty created and grace granted. Andrew Frisardi’s poems are both graceful and beautiful and as such deserve our attention and our praise."~Trinity House Review
"Quite intimate and autobiographical. At times Frisardi's erudition and mastery of poetic form (free verse, sonnet, sestina) create pure displays of poetic technique."~Italian Americana
"Technically well honed and built from tough language...Frisardi is a master of traditional forms. The Harvest and the Lamp is masterly and represents an important debut."~THINK
"Infused with a sense of great fun, though it never spills into the territory of comedy. There is a genuine sense of enthusiasm, a refreshingly honest take on spirituality in his poetry."~America Magazine
"Frisardi's new collection The Harvest and the Lamp contain poems that rival the likes of Stallings and Patterson in formal accomplishment and the knowledge of the European traditions that English formalism still draws from...Frisardi, like Wilbur before him, shows the possibility of contemporary poetic concerns in a whole history of European forms, classical, medieval, and modern."~Dappled Things