Italian Lessons, a new short story by Ian Seed, published by Like This Press in February 2017.
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Italian Lessons is the story of a young Englishman’s first weeks of living, working and falling in love in a foreign country. It charts an adventure into a new language and a different way of seeing the world. Permeated with bittersweet lyricism, Italian Lessons draws us into an atmosphere which is at once neorealist and yet hauntingly dreamlike. It is a story whose sights, scents and sounds will linger with us after the turning of the last page.
SOME EXCERPTS FROM PAST REVIEWS:
‘As with Clare’s phantasmagorical world of journeying from High Beech to Helpstone, Ian Seed’s journeying presents the reader with characters who move in and out of focus and who are disturbingly memorable.’ —Ian Brinton, on Identity Papers, in Tears in the Fence.
‘We are in a dreamlike world in these poems which is always peopled and full of activity, yet strangely and rather beautifully empty, and pervaded by a sense of loss.’ —Jeremy Over, on Makers of Empty Dreams, in PN Review.
‘Beauty, in Seed’s debut, never loses its power, and is everywhere pressing, active.’ —Virginia Konchan, on Anonymous Intruder, in Jacket Magazine.
‘These poems and prose poems are full of atmosphere, fractured stories and suggestive directions.’ —Steven Waling, on Anonymous Intruder, in The North.
‘The mystery and sadness of empty rooms, chance encounters in the street, trains traveling through a landscape of snow become magical in Ian Seed’s poems.’ — John Ashbery, on Shifting Registers.
IAN SEED has published two collections of short-short fiction and prose poems, Identity Papers (Shearsman, 2016) and Makers of Empty Dreams (2014). He is currently completing a third collection, New York Hotel. His translation of Pierre Reverdy’s novel of poetry and prose, The Thief of Talant, is published by Wakefield Press. His long short story, Amore Mio, is published by Flax, while LikeThisPress brought out Threadbare Fables in 2012. Other publications include Fidelities (Red Ceilings Press, 2015) Shifting Registers (Shearsman, 2011), Sleeping with the Ice Cream Vendor (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2012), the straw which comes apart (a translation from the Italian of Ivano Fermini) (Oystercatcher Press, 2010) and Anonymous Intruder (Shearsman, 2009). He spent several years working in Italy, France and Poland, and now teaches at the University of Chester.