The Scorpion's Dark Dance.
As the American poet James Dickey has said, de Palchi remains uncompromising "and his poems are painful and exalting to read." The poems in the present volume are pervaded by a sense of menace, even a dose of cruelty, from a poet who does not seem willing or able to get away from the dark side of things, from the pull of nothingness that threatens our contemporary consciousness. He finds himself in the typical postmodern predicament of a self that has lowered all its pretensions while remaining obsessed with its fate. Nevertheless, his harsh, unrelenting stance and his beautiful and disquieting imagery belong to one who draws in the dark while longing for the light.
Rosetta Di Pace-Jordan