Marco Pelliccioli

- Italy -

Marco Pelliccioli was born in Seriate (Bergamo-Italy) on November 25th, 1982. He published L’orfano (The Orphan) with LietoColle-Pordenonelegge in 2016. He won the prize Inedito Colline di Torino in 2015 and was a finalist in Rimini Prize in 2016. His collection C’è Nunzia in cortile (There’s Nunzia in the Courtyard), published with LietoColle in 2014, was finalist in the following literary prizes: City of Como, Mauro Maconi, Mario Pannunzio and was winner of the Alberto Andronico prize in 2015. Vapore metropolitano, published with Albatros in 2009, was awarded third place in the Mario Pannunzio Prize in 2009. He has also published the novella A due passi dal treno with Eclissi in 2015, which received a mention in the 2015 Italo Calvino Prize.

He was awarded a degree in Literature and Cinema by the University La Sapienza in Rome and now works for the publishing company De Agostini.

Foreword by Maurizio Cucchi from There’s Nunzia in the Courtyard published with LietoColle in 2014 

This is a book with a strong, almost violent and sinister, power, expressed by the young poet with wise calm. He already demonstrates clear and distinctive qualities combined with a certain level of maturity. His extremely intense, almost morbid, sensitivity allows him to define an open variety of places and humble and marginal characters with simplicity and animated visions into their lives.

Marco Pelliccioli populates his poetry with a variety of characters: a truly busy crowd, which emerges from the obscene history of modern times and which endures epochal changes without any visible reaction or awareness. The reader easily participates in the clear depiction of humble people, their wounds and wrinkles, their sinister grace; the courtyards, the streets and the markets are outlined using strong colours and expressionistic tools.

The author offers us fragments of a narration, small depictions of an event, hideous characters absorbed in the respectable triviality of their ordinary lives. For instance: the cycling cripple, the street cleaner, or the man with a hollow throat. Nunzia, the main character who gives the title to the book, stands out and appears in several poems. With her “hips shattered by arthritis” and “her twisted fingers” Nunzia is capable of simple gestures of love and kind touches.

Pelliccioli, who is a good observer, can record with firm but touching hand, shreds from real life happening in front of our eyes, as well as events taken from the news section, which inspire a complete set of poems in his book. Among others, we read of “Charon’s hulls”, which refers to one of the horrors we sadly hear in the news today. His complete view is therefore baffling, copious with personal mishaps, but also with historical tragedies, which Pelliccioli can represent without over emphasis. The dramatic reality transpires in his verses through simple realism and naturalism, without the use of hyperbole. It is a shaken truth, but nonetheless our own truth, in fact, as the poet cannot avoid noticing: “our own time is now”.