Eugenio Montale (October 12, 1896 — September 12, 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975.
Montale once described the writing of his poems as a ‘waiting on the miracle’. The manuscripts of some of his most celebrated work reveal few marks of revision, and his first three books were composed with scant residue of excluded work: published but ‘uncollected’ poems; unfinished fragments; miracles that didn’t quite happen. The poems which we have translated in MPT are among early exceptions, and as such provide a rare view of near-misses in the development of his first mature style.
– from the introduction by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre, MPT 3/2, Diaspora