Our Available Magic
“In August the dust was deafening, all things dry. Small anxieties of high summer. Drops of water from your plastic bottle cutting circles like coins on the pavement. Eating a tomato from the hand in an empty apartment. Stand in the corridor, think of all the other flats stacked below you, the ones above you, all empty. When you hear her car pull in, cross the street running.”
Our Available Magic is the first poetry pamphlet by the writer and translator Livia Franchini. Within it poems and short poetic prose fold across 42 carefully observed pages that are insightful, fresh and craftily bold.
Livia Franchini is a writer and translator from Tuscany, Italy. She has translated Natalia Ginzburg, James Tiptree Jr. and Michael Donaghy among others. Her poetry has appeared in 3 a.m. magazine, Funhouse, LESTE, Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry (Lingua Ignota, 2018), Wretched Strangers (Boiler House Press, 2018) among others. Her debut novel Shelf Life will be published in English by Doubleday in August 2019 and in Italian by Libri Mondadori in Spring 2020.
The book will be launched with a reading from Livia and special guests on Tuesday 9 April at Pages of Hackney – one of the best independent bookshops in London – we’d love to see you there! Please note that while this event is free to attend, space is limited so please RSVP via Eventbrite here if you’d like to join us.
- 210 x 148 mm
- 42 pp
- April 2019
- 58mm badge and bookmark with preorders only, Designed by Patrick Fisher, Frontwards Design and Robin Christian