mario petrucci


"As close as we have to a 21st Century renaissance man.... one of the most interesting and best poets of our times."
- Literati Magazine

"A master of the art." - Poetry Writers' Yearbook 2007

"These new lyric poems are modernist marvels." - PBS Bulletin 2010, on i tulips

"Anything by Petrucci is worth pausing for." - Times Literary Supplement (2011)

"Heartfelt, ambitious and alive." - The Daily Telegraph

Mario (below) reading If You Were To Come Back, from his award-winning Shrapnel and Sheets...   (not for redistribution)


An excerpt (below) from Mario's recent BLOODAXE translations of Hafez...   (not for redistribution)


* * *   Mario Petrucci's literary papers & digital files were accepted for permanent archive by the British Library in 2023.   * * *

* WRITING INTO FREEDOM Website: a variety of groundbreaking writing resources for poets/writers at all levels of competence & confidence (click here).

* WRITING INTO FREEDOM YouTube Channel: a potent video portal into poetry, writing tips, inspirational quotes, and unsurpassable surprises... (click here).

2023 - St. Valentine's Day sees the publication of Moonbird : love poems [Fair Acre], "... modern love poetry singing itself to strains of timelessness".

2022 - Invited by the Society of Authors to co-judge the prestigious John Florio Prize for Italian translation (co-sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute and Arts Council England).

2022 - in Kyiv, Petrucci's Ukraine war poem, featured in Kyiv Post [24-03-2022];   also, Dawn Ravens [Lapwing] published... a technical and emotive tour de force.

2020 - Petrucci's startling new book on love & loss: afterlove [Cinnamon Press].

2019 - An arrestingly modern and beautifully musical version of the Isha Upanishad with Guillemot Press.

2018 - Beloved: 81 poems from Hafez, a major new translation of the master Persian mystic poet, with BLOODAXEXenia shortlisted for John Florio Prize for Italian translation.

2016 - Montale's masterwork, Xenia, published in English by Arc - wins PEN Translates award / / Mario's 'comet poem' Philae featured by the European Space Agency.

2014 - crib published by Enitharmon; 1111 published by Perdika.

2013 - Olympic project Tales from the Bridge shortlisted for 2012 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry [Poetry Soc. press release here & full webpage here].

2012 - Public poetry: Tales from the Bridge - a major 3D interactive poetry soundscape (Thames, Millennium Bridge) commissioned for 2012 Olympics [here].

2012 - Fabulae Romanae | MAXXI Rome : ambitious new sculpture/ video installation using Mario's work [here] or [here] (video).

2012 - i tulips sequence completed; 1111 poems written across 7 years. Final, long poem in the sequence commenced 11am, Armistice Day, 2011.

2011 - 2nd Prize in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition: click here for judges' comments and here for the poem itself: 'hornets'.

2011 - Commission as regular columnist (social/ artistic issues): The Day Digest [Kiev] - Letters to Ukraine (click here for the letters).

2010 - Amazonia exhibition launched at the Natural History Museum ; for press release click here.

2010 - i tulips project receives 'Grants for the Arts' support (Arts Council England), the first full volume from the sequence published by Enitharmon Press.

2009 - Mario featured in BBC Radio 3's Poems for Today. / / Also, in the British Library sponsored audio archive: Archive of the Now.

2008 - Making Nothing Happen: poets discuss the role of poetry in a threatened world - London Word Festival.

Winter 07/ Spring 08 : somewhere is january is published by Perdika Press.

2007 - (Oct.) Mario's work on Chernobyl and fossil-fuel abuse featured in Bloodaxe's Earth Shattering: Ecopoems. / / (July) Launch of Flowers of Sulphur (Enitharmon Press).

2006 - Catullus and Fearnought are published. / / Mission Possible: The Study Skills Pack is launched by the Royal Literary Fund.

2005 - Mario wins the London Writers Competition - fourth win in 12 years. / / (2004/5) - Mario is BBC Radio 3's first ever poet in residence (click here).

May 2003 - The Stamina of Sheep wins the Essex Best Fiction Award (click here).

2002 - Mario wins The Daily Telegraph Arvon International Poetry Competition   (click for the Arvon site & competition anthology).

Mario on the BBC for National Poetry Day 2001 - 9/11 commission (click here).


'A true European, whose sympathetic understanding extends to every human condition.'
- Anne Born, PQR 5

'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

'Should finally, belatedly, establish him as a major poet of his generation.'
- Simon Jenner, Waterloo Press [on Flowers of Sulphur]

'Petrucci holds... that precision of the failure of all the greatest poetry.'
- David Pollard, Stride magazine, 2010


"Great poetry is whatever manages, somehow, to win over those white squares of paper."
- Mario Petrucci

"I sometimes wonder whether that momentary stillness following - and engendered by - a poem, is the poem."
- Mario Petrucci


Credit: Sabine Hutchinson [Wenlock Poetry Festival, 2011]

Credit: Greg Freeman / Write Out Loud [Wenlock Poetry Festival, 2014]


Poetry & Science: Mario Petrucci with Poet in the City/ The Wellcome Foundation


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