Raw language and a sense of reality, at times disturbing, set the tone for Ligi’s Disturbances. Paul Fericano says, “his poetry is likely to be noted for a certain special riff, an extra glide, a kick where none is expected, and a beat for which there is no notation.” In the early Sixties Ligi’s work attracted the attention of poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and perhaps it was for what you’ll find on these pages—poems ready to jump forward and reveal, unveil, surprise and sometimes shock.
The full text of Elio Emiliano Ligi’s Disturbances is stored at Albertson Library at Boise State University, and can be downloaded here. You may also purchase a copy of the book.
Now You Have Gone
Now you have gone the rain drowns out
The onions rot sets in and paints
Each tomato a face
As old as my grandmother's got
I should have said think
Of the garden do not go
I should have said show me
What hurts I will touch it see
Dies at my touch.
Copyright © 1990 by Elio Emiliano Ligi