Giuseppe Bartoli

Giuseppe Bartoli (Fiction, Poetry) | London, UK

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Giuseppe Bartoli is a Peruvian-Italian-American poet and writer. He currently divides his time between Europe and the Americas. He has studied at the American University of Paris, the University of St Andrews, and is currently a PhD student at Kingston University. Forthcoming publications include his debut English poetry collection The Fifth Most Wanted Man with Marick Press, Michigan, USA, the novel Ayacucho: Death’s Corner with Eyewear Publishing in London, UK, and a collection of Spanish poems Los Usos Indebidos del Amor with Editorial Apogeo in Lima, Peru.


Sinchi (Eyewear Publishing, 2017). Novel. Fiction.
The Fifth Most Wanted Man (Marick Press, 2016). Poetry.
The Fifth Most Wanted Man (Marick Press, 2016). Poetry.
Los Usos Indebidos del Amor (Editorial Apogeo, 2016). [Lima, Peru]. Spanish. Poetry.
Los Usos Indebidos del Amor (Editorial Apogeo, 2016). [Lima, Peru]. Spanish. Poetry.

Press & Reviews

“There were echoes of other wars too: Giuseppe Bartoli, reading as part of the Poetry Scotland Showcase, brought us memories of the civil war in Peru: car bombs exploding at night, bodies of the dead at the roadside wrapped in newspaper; thousands of “disappeared” who have never been found.”
—Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman, 3/10/2014

“Poetry about the most ordinary things: when children’s Lego rhymes with ammo, keeping moving is the precondition for making a home, and blood relatives have blood on their hands, Giuseppe Bartoli still finds love in Paris, voices to unwrap from the fishy inadequacy of newspapers, and the darkest of humor in the situations least brought to light. Do not expect the select and self- edited anecdote. Here the personal and political partner-dance on the tilting ground of recent history. ”
—Vahni Capildeo

“Beppe Bartoli is an extraordinary poet, with an almost-unbelievable back story and series of linguistic and cultural identities, all of which he plays with in a poetic manner reminiscent of Pesoa, Borges, Muldoon and, sometimes, his Scottish master Douglas Dunn. In this thrilling collection, which reads at times like a True Crime paperback, we trace his life as a child on the run with his father, a white collar criminal at one time on the FBI’s top ten most wanted list; experience life under bodyguard protection in a Peru torn apart by internal conflict and terrorism; and slowly see him grow to seek a life, and sense of forgiveness, despite all the wounds he received in the years of volatile exile and constant peril. These are lyrically sophisticated, smart, and often darkly comic poems of assured brilliance.”
—Todd Swift

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