This unexpurgated, bilingual edition of de Palchi’s first book of poems shows him to be one of the most outstanding of contemporary Italian poets. It spans twenty-five years from his unfulfilled childhood and adolescence in Italy, tortured by Fascist and Partisans, to his confrontation with an analyst in New York. Alfredo de Palchi has lived life – a singular life. He has seen terror, felt brutality, known extremes of agony, lust, hate and hoy. He is avant-garde, experimental and anti-establishment. This is new poetry of intense personal experience; an exploration of guilt, fear, revulsion; and a powerful indictment of the animalistic behavior of which man is capable.