Carla Saracino is an Italian poet and fairy tale writer.
“Discovering poetry at around 17 was like being born again and we have remained companions ever since.
Ironically, I still find it hard to find the right words to describe clearly the feeling of joy and youthfulness that poetry bestows me with, albeit sometimes being a very demanding endeavour.
Writing poetry is a lifelong journey; one that is lonely and full of surprises at every turn, yet I believe it is the only way to leave a mark in life”
Carla Saracino lives in Milan, where she writes and teaches Italian literature. Her poems have been published by various Italian publishers including LietoColle and Lupo Ed. and have appeared in various magazines, including Nuovi Argomenti, L’Immaginazione, Gradiva and the Almanacco Specchio Mondadori 2010-2011. In 2018 Carla has become the curator of the literary series Il Vascello di Polistirolo edited by Fallone Ed. and has co-founded the literary magazine Monolith Volume.
Published work (Poetry) and Awards
2016 –Poesia di ricerca, Edb Bisestile di Poesia 2016, AA.VV. edited by Alberto Pellegatta.
2013 – Il chiarore (LietoColle, foreword by Antonio Moresco);
2013 – A Sud del Sud dei Santi, Immagini e Forme della Puglia Poetica, Apulian poets’ anthology edited by Michelangelo Zizzi (AA.VV. LietoColle).
2013 – Qualcosa di inabitato (Edb), with Stelvio Di Spigno; 2011 – Winner in the unpublished category of the Fiume Veneto poetry award;
2010 – La Sposa Barocca (AA.VV. LietoColle);
2009 – Finalist at the Cetonaverde Poetry Prize;
2007 – I milioni di luoghi (LietoColle, winner of the Saba debut award, foreword by Mario Santagostini).
2007 – Carla took part in the exhibition Poetic Contrasts staged by Milo De Angelis at the Teatro Out-off, Milan.
Published work (Prose)
2012 – Gli orologi del paese di Zaulù (Lupo Ed.);
2009 – 14 fiabe ai 4 venti (Lupo Ed. foreword by Michelangelo Zizzi).
Carla is also the published author of numerous literary reviews and studies for various Italian literary blogs, including L’EstroVerso (studies on Greek poets from Karyotakis to Patrikios and Italian contemporary poets such as Guido Gozzano and Vittorio Bodini), La Poesia e lo Spirito (studies on Lucanian poets and Assunta Finiguerra), Poetarum Silva (a study on Lorenzo Calogero) and Poesia and Moltinpoesia (a review of Mnemosyne by Michele Montorfano). She has also edited a literary criticism column for the magazine, Le Voci della Luna. She currently pens the poetry section named: La rosa necessaria which recently transferred from the digital magazine, Maintenant to the Italian literary blog L’EstroVerso.
“This collection of poems is eerie because it is crisscrossed by a temperamental energy and it concentrates on the question of whether everything is as real as it appears to be. There is an energy, or dark consciousness that questions every truth and perception of all values, memories, fragments of life, traces of the past.” (Mario Santagostini, about I milioni di luoghi, Lietocolle 2007).
“This is a mighty book of fairytales written by a poet, period. As Saracino’s poetry seek to assume the form of things and reality (not objects or things, but a status, a condition), the book is set in the real world; one that retells the reality of the epic, even if seen through the eyes and for the eyes of children, who, and it said without pedagogical rhetoric, are truly mythical, epic, more real than the split reality of the adult world.” (Michelangelo Zizzi, about 14 fiabe ai 4 venti, Lupo 2009).
“The collection of poems entitled Il Chiarore, hails the birth of a new poet. This is not a mere book of poems, but rather the expression of a true poet; a poet by choice and vocation.
Many of the poems we read nowadays may express poetic eloquence; in these the essence of poetry itself is crystalized.” (Antonio Moresco, about Il Chiarore, Lietocolle 2013).