All of Nichol's paintings is stamped through his wish to create texts which are conducting themselves in addition to in context, and to exploit oblique structural and textual units to hold that means. within the Martyrology alternative ways of talking testify to a trip via other ways of being. Language is either the poet's teacher and, via its quite a few variations, the dominant 'image' of the poem. The [nine] books of The Martyrology rfile a poet's quest for perception intohimself and his writing via scrupulous realization to the messages hidden within the morphology of his personal speech.' - Frank Davey
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Nobody knows that once he breathed. 22 Guardano, ogni giorno occhi sconosciuti guardano e son guardati; osservano attentamente o per brevi istanti, distratti dalla punta del loro naso, l’unico naso che conta, che esiste. Quanti volti si incontrano ogni giorno, si incrociano svagati e poi spariscono senza ritorno. Ma continuano, continuano, continuano… Parlano, pensano, mangiano, sperano, fanno l’amore. ) nessuno sa che un tempo ha respirato.
7 Se la vita è un insieme di fiumi prosciugati che nel mare trasportano gli echi delle acque, noi altro non siamo che ombre, luci riflesse di corpi morti senza possibili foci né approdi. 37 38 Selected Poetry 8 Inside the restless night he who stays awake sinks, fervent unexpressed silence. In glassy eyes the last childhood memory: shadows which came down by mountains carrying cold darkness in their teeth, trampling on mushrooms in a pinewood. leaving death among paths of chestnuts and oleanders, stopping along the river in brief moments of hope, in order to clean ready jaws… defenseless beasts sniffing death on the dusty ground.
A selection of his poems are translated into Spanish as Poesías Elegidas by Ana María Pinedo López with an introduction by Carla Perugini, Alessandro Serpieri and Gabriela Fantato. The book My Child [Il Mio Bambino] is published with introductions by Francesco D’Episcopo, Giuseppe Lupo, Roberto Carifi and Sandro Gros-Pietro. The book The Poet’s Cobweb [La Tela del Poeta] (edited by Lerro) is published. Lives for three months in Oxford for research purposes. Becomes Visiting Scholar at the University of Reading.