June 14, 2012

Paolo Buzzi

Paolo Buzzi [Italy] 1874-1956

Born on February 15, 1874 in Milan, Paolo Buzzi went on to study law, beginning his administrative career as the Secretary General of the Province of Milan.

    In 1886, Buzzi wrote a play. His first poetry offerings were linked to the Italian classicism of Leopardi and Carducci, Buzzi titling his first collection of poetry Poesie leopardiane, a work published in 1898.

    In 1905 Buzzi met the Italian futurist, F. T. Marinetti, soon after joining with the Futurist movement. The same year he won a poetry competition held by Marinetti’s and Sem Benelli’s futurist-based magazine Poesia with a long work written in prose titled "L'esilio" (“The Exile”) published in the journal in 1906. In 1909 Buzzi published his first major Futurist collection of poetry, Aeroplani, publsihed by that magazine’s book-publishing arm in 1909. The 1912 Futurist anthology contained several of his poems as well as his essay on free verse.

     Buzzi’s prose fiction, L’Ellisse e la spirale (The Elipse and the Spiral) followed in 1915, a work in the science fiction genre in which the poet employed Marinetti’s idea of “parole in libertà." Several other books of poetry, fiction, plays, and even films followed, including a war diary, Conflagration (Epic parolibera) 1915-1918, that employed collages and, once again, “free word associations,” a book which remained unpublished until after his death.

     In later years, however, Buzzi abandoned Futurism, returning to more classic poetic works. The poet also translated several works into Italian, including poems by Baudelaire.

     Buzzi died on February 18, 1956.


Poesie leopardiane (Milan: Galli e Raimondi, 1898); Aeroplani (Milan: Edizioni di “Poesia,” 1909); Versi liberi Treves (Milan, 1913); Bell cano (Lombardy: Studio Editoriale, 1916); Popolo, canta così (Milan: Facchi, 1920); Poema dei quarantanni (Milan: Edizioni di “Poesia,” 1922);  Canti per le chiese vuote (Foligno Campitelli, 1930); Poema di radioonde (1940); Atomiche (1950).

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