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    i tulips

          Enitharmon Press, 2010:  £9.99       ISBN: 978-1-904634-93-5

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how does

fragrance of sleep drift
this easily through

rooms – as though
your resting had keys to

every chamber whose
open doors i

cannot step
through – i lie

alert & breathe spare
room breath & in

my casing
form you warm &

close who slumber
farther from sense than

how would i
know? – perhaps that

shape a world might
have or

a home
if it woke from sleep &


        (c) Mario Petrucci 2010

Click here... for audio from the first full volume
of i tulips poems, courtesy of Archive of the Now.

Click here... for link to audio of in hay waist-deep was, recorded at the Poetry Library (Saison Poetry Library / Enitharmon event, 4 Aug 2010) or here for website copy
(by kind permission, The Poetry Library).

i tulips: a poetic flowering... Click here for the Iota interview
[as published: issue 89, spring 2011 (with kind permission, Iota magazine)]

"Petrucci’s tulips promise to grow into a truly ambitious landmark body of work."
PBS Bulletin

i tulips surges from its American modernist influences into fascinatingly British timbres of expression. Characterised as much by tenderness as verve, these poems offer a uniquely nuanced experience for the discerning reader. It is not often that an established British poet becomes so profoundly involved in poetic invention in pursuit of such original Anglo-American outcomes. No half measures here: this is a stirring, lyrical poetry that can authentically bridge the Pond while speaking to all.


and featured by BBC Radio 3 .... click here.

"It’s the sensation of singularly live words that immediately draws one toward Mario Petrucci’s poems. The intensity of address in them, both “of” and “about” the poem, maintains its friendly but firm grip. In the process, Petrucci is seeing the world, how it all sits or moves amidst anyone’s sense of ongoing purpose. He doesn’t miss much. These poems are eye openers."

Bill Berkson (USA)

"Petrucci is somebody working with a lively circumspection in a tradition he’s demonstrating not to have been merely an early-to-mid-20th-century exploration."

Roy Fisher

"Poised, balletic, in its exploration of intellectual and physical, light-bound space."

Simon Jenner


Informed as much by Rilke and Stevens as by Black Mountain, i tulips projects a fiercely original lyricism through the most tenderly realized immediacies. Here, at last, linguistic and formal invention generate a profoundly meditative, contemporary musicality. Mario Petrucci returns Modernism to its bass note of generosity, affirming that poems of substance, openness and complexity must achieve the urgency and truth of active experience. As with those ‘Magic Eye’ patterns which, viewed intently, yield 3D scenes, or images brought to clarity within a powerful microscope, these luminous poems repay commitment, revealing an uncompromising many-sidedness that lifts – breathtakingly – into focus.


“Psychogeographer, opto-electronics PhD, and metaphysical poet, Mario Petrucci is a true polymath, blending disciplines to exultant and exalting effect, finding poetry in science and applying the rigours of science to a poetry that brings the heart in the mind pulsing on to the page. Informed by Rilke and Stevens, but with a brio and tenderness all of their own, these new lyric poems are modernist marvels, word sculptures pared to their very essence, with a perspectival breadth and dexterity that recalls cubism, adroitly eliding planes of imagery until all sides of a subject are visible at once. A selection from the first 400 poems of a planned ongoing sequence, Petrucci’s tulips promise to grow into a truly ambitious landmark body of work.”

PBS Bulletin Spring 2010 (#224)


"An adventurous suite of spare, fractal lyrics that reveal hidden depths and complexities... an example of Petrucci’s intense and inventive renovation of closely observed human experience."
Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

"A primal, timeless unity... i tulips is an outstanding achievement that unlocks the door, as the best collections do, to a new country in the reader's imagination."
John McCullough, Poetry London

"Poems of tremendous emotional and intellectual élan. This is modernist poetry with heart, accessibility, and a balletic light: something that’s absorbed and risen above any theory."
Guardian 'Books blog'

"These poems read like exquisitely made depth-charges of idea/ concept/ emotion released into a vast ocean with unknown depth. Who knows what targets they will carry up to the surface in the mind of the reader?"
Barbara Smith, Iota 89


"Poetry's relationship to experience? Fishing, not Taxidermy."

"I'm seeking a species of language that can enlist and enact feeling and thought, rather than merely express emotion and think out loud... instead of talking about thoughts and feelings, I want poems that themselves think and feel."

"There's something almost quantum mechanical about many of the poems in the i tulips project, where syntax is made to hang - not least across line-breaks - so as to offer (though without becoming, one hopes, merely chaotic) a simultaneity of various possibilities for meaning. In a sense, there are different 'states' for the poem that co-exist as probabilities before a particular (perhaps more singular) reading of the text enacts certain decisions/interpretations within the listener's/reader's ear, decisions that 'collapse' the poem, as it proceeds, into a given observed state. Of course, conventional poems too may carry a plural quality; but in i tulips the occurrence is heightened and deepened (albeit to varying degrees throughout the sequence). I would hope, however, that even the most indeterminate of the poems will demonstrate, for all their plurality, a sort of buzzing unity: a recognisable, overall 'wavefunction', as it were. When I read these poems aloud, I tend to air them via a kind of productive hesitation, or abeyance of resolution. I may be overstretching my analogy here, but clearly my preferred delivery involves the simultaneous registering - without any final 'observation' - of as many of the poem's quantum probabilities as is fruitfully, complexly possible."

Mario Petrucci on i tulips

Mario's original artwork for i tulips cover [acrylic on canvas board]


copyright mario petrucci 2010