A long poem, La gioia e il lutto / Joy and Mourning uses a form traditional to both Italian and Irish poetry (in which various people comment on the agony and death of Christ) in order to shed light on the suffering and dying of a young man with AIDS. Ruffilli’s voice is gentle and quiet, and the cumulative effect is both deeply moving and wholly relevant to our times.
“Ruffilli the poet is a great musician and he always carries the things that count into his music, thereby speaking at the same time to the heart and to the head … Ruffilli’s book is one that does not leave us in peace; on the contrary, it forces its disquiet onto us and paradoxically restores our vital energy.”
— Luigi Baldacci, Poetry International
ISBN 9781904556695 Paperback
Poetry Europe Series No. 19
216 x 140 mm
Dual language, May 2004. Reissued Jan 2007