Mario Petrucci



  & what is really so? this body alone in its cells or your curve subtle in dawn & duvet -sheathed that fall & swell of hills an almost -light on near-pitch in fervour each for the other unable to breathe such nights as elsewhere-sun rises lowly -white while here all love & desire come together in dark replete at last breath -less with one body slow-breathed to complete their trinity


MARIO PETRUCCI is a winner of the Bridport Prize, the London Writers Competition (four times) and a PBS Recommendation. He has held pioneering residencies at the Imperial War Museum and Radio 3. War, science and ecology deeply inform his poetry. Heavy Water: a poem for Chernobyl (Enitharmon, 2004) captured the Arvon Prize and became an award-winning film. i tulips (Enitharmon, 2010) delivers “a truly ambitious landmark body of work” (PBS Bulletin). Mario’s workshops, mentoring and school placements have helped to galvanise authentic creative processes at their root. His latest collection, anima (Nine Arches Press, 2013), captures both the crisis and the beauty of the heart’s innermost voyage, manifesting the symbolic feminine through unflinching psychological frankness. Mario was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award.


Read more by Mario Petrucci:

Poems on the author’s website
Author’s latest book: anima
Profile at the British Council