A Poetry Precise and Free: Selected Madrigals of Guarini. Forthcoming from University of Michigan Press, 2018. Preorder on Amazon.
A Poetry Precise and Free, a collection of 150 poems by the Renaissance Italian poet Giovanni Battista Guarini in new translations into English poetry and accompanied by the Italian originals, brings fresh life to these intricately crafted love lyrics, popular in their time among readers and composers but now known primarily as the texts of vocal madrigals by Monteverdi and others. Commentaries throughout the volume draw attention to aspects of language and cultural context, illuminating the poems as heirs of the tradition of Petrarchan poetry, as essential contributors to the growth of early Baroque madrigal music, and as artful and profound records of the human condition in the Renaissance and today.