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By Francesco Petrarca,Lee Harlin Bahan

Lee Harlin Bahan delves into the crowded box of Petrarch translations and provides a classical delivering with a postmodern-cool facelift. A 12 months of Mourning is bold, quirky, and playful, yet with conventional trimmings. the anticipated classical and Biblical references abound, but additionally brilliant allusions to popular culture and the modern social scene, together with Madonna, Robert Frost, rock ‘n’ roll, even the Walnettos caramel-walnut sweet. this can be the Petrarch you recognize along the Petrarch you’ve by no means skilled prior to. this can be a Petrarch translation to not be missed.


Lee Bahan has undertaken a possible Herculean activity, to translate a gaggle of Petrarch’s sonnets whereas removing virtually every little thing we go along with the be aware “Petrarchan”; it’s as though her template is a go among Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are not anything just like the solar” sonnet, and the lyrics of a very frustrated and disenchanted state singer. this can be emphatically no longer our grandmother’s Petrarch, however it is via turns startling, attractive, mind-blowing, beguiling and infrequently stressful . . . sarcastically adequate, no longer in contrast to the originals. If this is often outdated wine, it’s being served from a winningly flamboyant new bottle.
  - Dick Davis, writer of At domestic, and much from Home

What if that lovelorn Italian sonneteer Francesco Petrarca used to be a wisecracking man named Frank Petrarch from Indiana who fell in love along with his neighbor’s spouse, Laura, after which grew to become to poetry in sorrow whilst she died younger of an infectious affliction? the outcome could be whatever like Lee Harlin Bahan’s translations and differences during this sonnet series. right here, the corset tightened until eventually the bones crack has been loosened to permit for a normal diction, syntax, and idiom that permits that outdated ghost, Petrarch, to talk to us as though he have been alive at the present time. the result's readable, profitable, and interesting. this can be person who belongs in your nightstand.
  - Tony Barnstone, writer of Pulp Sonnets

Lee Harlin Bahan’s A 12 months of Mourning is a travel de strength, translating Petrarch into an idiom and poetics correct at domestic within the twenty-first century. “Translate” isn't really fairly the fitting note as Bahan updates and postmodernizes Petrarch in interesting and wonderful style, whereas final on sturdy scholarly floor. References to Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Monroe, and the enticements, between others, spark the partiality, whereas allusions to the Bible, Chrétien de Troyes, and vintage Greek mythology soothe the educational brain. A yr of Mourning is either a delightful learn and a huge achievement.
  - Vince Gotera, editor of North American Review


Lee Harlin Bahan earned her MFA at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her thesis, Migration Solo, gained the 1st Indiana Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her moment chapbook is Notes to Sing. Bahan’s personal poetry has seemed in Ploughshares, The Kenyon evaluation, and The North American overview, and her translations have seemed in typical Bridge, Southern Humanities overview, and Flying Island. After receiving an area furnish to check Italian, Lee loved a month-long residency at Mary Anderson middle for the humanities, Mt. St. Francis, IN, pursuing her target of translating Petrarch’s sonnets. Bahan lives along with her husband Pat in a hundred-year-old farmhouse open air Medora, IN.
  A yr of Mourning was once a distinct honoree for the 2016 capable Muse e-book Award.

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