Francis Catalano’s poetry speaks of space, place and people. In the extracts from Index and qu’une lueur des lieux geographical, geological, geometrical and ancestral textures, shapes and colours kaleidoscope to create powerful North American landscapes. Wide open skies, craggy mountains, blinding snow, endless straight black top roads and fast food outlets reflect, refract and radiate in multi-facetted verse. In Romamor, framed within a city’s walls, another dimension is added contrasting light and darkness, space and proximity. Where Spaces Glow invites you to reach out and feel the finely chiselled, radiant pieces of Catalano’s beautifully crafted poetic terrestrial jigsaw.
Montreal-born poet and translator Francis Catalano is the author of five poetry collections. He was awarded the Grand Prix at the Trois-Rivires International Poetry Festival for qu’une lueur des lieux. As a translator he has published Yellow by Antonio Porta and Instructions pour la lecture d’un journal by Valerio Magrelli, which earned him the 2006 John Glassco Prize for Literary Translation. Recently he published his first prose work, On achve parfois ses romans en Italie.