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Beasts Made of Thought: Renato Suttana’s Meditative Lyric

Ronald Silva Robson About the author


Restricted to the limited circle of small publishing houses, Renato Suttana’s poetry shows a high level of formal acuity and boldness of thought. One of its main features is the practice of poetic bestiaries. The beasts that appear in Sutanna’s books are situated - as we argue throughout the paper - by a phenomenological perspective that displaces them from the course of time in order to better apprehend them. This procedure achieves a higher level of complexity with the fixation on entirely imaginary beings: in this case, the question of the possibility to represent animals becomes a question about the purpose of poetry.

Renato Suttana; bestiary; phenomenology; poetry

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