Milo De Angelis on the jury of the literary prize “City of Como” is one of the most influential literary figures to sift poetry published and unpublished. We interviewed him.
At what point is the Italian contemporary poetry?
“I found good poets in recent generations (’80 e ’90) with their dramatic voice, disinclined to performative games or for civilian pathos. And that's a good sign”.
If you compared the current situation to the twentieth century, we are closer to a reaction or to progress?
“I would say neither one nor the other. True poetry knows his traditions and renews, sometimes bleeds. But in any case he knows”.
We are more in the futuristic atmosphere or in the Montale?
“I do not hear a "climate" poetic, but only rumors, single solitary voices, as I am always the poets worthy of the name”.
They still have a sense anthologies, the schools, the posters, the magazines?
“We need to distinguish: schools and posters have never made sense and do not have it even now. Instead anthologies and magazines were important and remain so”.
What do you think poetry slam? It 's just a performance or a future is possible for poetry?
“The poetry slam It is far from my idea of poetry and takes away all alone to the word”.
Today many autopubblicano without filters or editing. This proliferation of books also increases narcissism? It is not likely to lower the general level?
“Publishing undergrowth (without filters or editing but most passionless poetry) It has always existed and certainly depresses the general level. But the true poets do not care about the general level”.
What criteria, therefore, should be to choose a good poem?
“We must abolish the criteria, first of all. We must rely on knowledge, the seriousness, hearing and quid imponderable that is within us”.
After the Nobel Bob Dylan, He believes that there will still be a poet honored by the recognition from the Academy of Sweden?
“Let's hope so, we hope the guilt”.