The Alchemy of Grief (Alchimia del dolore)
Genre: Collection (Poems)
- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Dec-27-2007
- Last revised: Dec-31-2007
Born with aortic stenosis in 1984, Adam Ferrara Jasheway died suddenly at age nineteen of cardiac arrest. Dedicated to the memory of her son, this collection poignantly charts a mother's trajectory of grief. The poems are divided/organized into six sections paralleling the process of alchemy: calcinatio (burning by fire), solutio (dissolving in water), sublimatio (rising in air), coagulatio (falling to earth), mortificatio (decaying), and transmutatio (healing).
Translated by Sabine Pascarelli. This book won the 2006 Bordighera Poetry Prize. The Bordighera Poetry Prize is dedicated to finding the best manuscript of American poetry to be translated into Italian to create a bi-lingual text.
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