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The Re-Appearing Pheasant [Day 2]

at The Italian Cultural Institute of New York (686 Park Ave.)

November 12, 2022
10:15 am - 5:30 pm


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The Re-Appearing Pheasant
An Encounter of American and Italian Poets and Critics
New York, November 11-12-13, 2022

Convened by
Luigi Ballerini

Presented by
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University
Stefano Albertini, Director

In Cooperation with
The Italian Cultural Institute of New York
Fabio Finotti, Director


Day 2
Italian Cultural Institute of New York
686 Park Ave.

Welcoming Remarks
Fabio Finotti, Italian Cultural Institute

Cecilia Bello, Università di Roma La Sapienza
The Legacy of the Neo-Avant-Garde / 2

Round Table
Translation as Composition
Kenneth Goldsmith, UPenn
Gianluca Rizzo, Colby College
Charles Bernstein, Brooklyn
Luigi Bonaffini, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Chair: Tom Peterson, University of Georgia


Poetry Reading with:
Mary Jo Bang, University of Washington, St. Louis
Maria Grazia Calandrone, Rome
Vincenzo Frungillo, Naples
Rosmarie Waldrop, Providence, RI
Laura Liberale, Venice

Round Table
Research Poetry?
A Poem by Any Other Name

Fabrizio Bondi, Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples
Marco Giovenale, Rome
Luigi Severi, Rome
Francesco Muzzioli, Università di Roma La Sapienza
Daniele Poletti, Viareggio
Chair: Federica Santini, Kennesaw State University


As Wallace Stevens wrote, “poetry is a pheasant disappearing in the brush”:
surely it is there, but it might be difficult to see.

In 1990, the pheasant showed itself – and promptly disappeared – at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò of New York University, where Italian and American poets and critics – including Elio Pagliarani, Paolo Volponi, Marjorie Perloff, Filippo Bettini, and Charles Bernstein – met, read poems, and debated poetry-related issues. 32 years later, to celebrate the 30th (+2 Covid years) anniversary of the founding of Casa Italiana, the pheasant is reappearing, intending to rekindle an abruptly interrupted poetic discourse. Unfortunately, many of those who were present at the time are no longer with us; but, treasuring their legacy, old and new voices will continue to illustrate the ways in which poetry makes sense. You are all invited to The Reappearing Pheasant, an encounter of American and Italian poets and critics, convened by Luigi Ballerini on November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2022, at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.


Italian Coordinating Institution
Associazione dipoesia, Milan
Giovanni Bonoldi, Director

Steering Committee
Chiara Basso (NYU) / Nick Benson (Zero Prophet, Washington, Ct) / Beppe Cavatorta (U. Arizona, Tucson) / Sandro Angelo De Thomasis (Juilliard School, NY) / Kostja Kostic (NYU) / Iuri Moscardi (The Graduate Center, CUNY) / Federica Parodi (Yale U.) / Gianluca Rizzo (Colby College, Waterville, Me) / Julian Sachs (NYU) / Federica Santini (Kennesaw U., Atlanta)

Participating Institutions
Agincourt Press (New York) / Biblioteca Comunale (Milan) / Biblioteca Elio Pagliarani (Rome) / Edizioni del Verri (Milan) / IACE (New York) / MUDIMA (Milan) / Netseven (Pisa) / PennSound (U. Penn, Philadelphia) / Poetry Center of the University of Arizona (Tucson, Az) / Radio Popolare (Milan) / Radioitineraria (Cologno Monzese, Mi) / RAI3 (Rome) / School of Visual Arts (New York) / Sistema Bibliotecario della Svizzera Italiana (Bellinzona/Lugano/Mendrisio, CH) / St. Martk Poetry Project (New York) / Teatro Florian Metateatro (Pescara) / The Brooklyn Rail (New York) / Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio (Chieti-Pescara) / Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa (Naples)

Invited Critics and Correspondents
Barbara Anceschi (Edizioni Il Verri, Milan)
Alessandro Giammei (Yale U.)
Phong Bui (The Brooklyn Rail, New York)