11 May 1951|
Maglie, Apulia, Italy
|Died||17 March 1987
|Literary movement||Poète maudit|
Salvatore Toma (11 May 1951 – 17 March 1987) was an Italian poet, born in the Southern Italian region of Apulia. A visionary and passionate poet, he delved deeply into the meaning of love and death, while searching within man and nature the connection with universal consciousness. A restless soul, part of the so-called wave of the Italian accursed poets, he committed suicide in 1987 aged 35.
Born in Maglie, province of Lecce, into a family of florists, Toma attended high school, but he would not continue his studies, even though he kept researching intensely the poets he loved. During his lifetime he published six collections of poems, from 1970 to 1983.
In 2005, Italian film director Elio Scarciglia made a documentary movie on Salvatore Toma, inclusive of testimonies and titled The Forest of Words.
- Poesie (Prime rondini) (Poems (First Swallows)), Rome (1970)
- Ad esempio una vacanza (For instance, a vacation), Rome (1972)
- Poesie scelte (Selected Poems), Catanzaro (1977)
- Un anno in sospeso (A Year in Suspension), Poggibonsi (1979)
- Ancora un anno (Another Year, Yet), Cavallino di Lecce (1981)
- Forse ci siamo, Lecce (1983)
- Per Salvatore Toma, poeta in esilio (For Salvatore Toma, Poet in Exile), Maglie (1997)
- Canzoniere della morte (Canzoniere of Death), Milan (1999)
- Article on Salvatore Toma (in Italian)
- Bio and poems (in Italian)
- The minstrel of death (in Italian)
- Salvatore Toma, on Scarciglia's Website. (in Italian)
- Maria Corti, Canzoniere della morte, Milan:Einaudi (1999), Introd., pp.vi-vi. See also Biography, on Vialetrastevere. Accessed 18 February 2012
- Cf. Biography, on Vialetrastevere. Accessed 18 February 2012
- Maria Corti, Ibid., pp.vii-xi.
- S. Toma, Canzoniere della morte, Milan:Einaudi (1999).
- Cf. "Il bosco della parole". Accessed 18 February 2012
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