Francesco Levato


Francesco Levato

Poet, translator, and filmmaker Francesco Levato is the author of three books of poetry: Elegy for Dead Languages; War Rug, a book length documentary poem; and Marginal State. He has translated into English the books of Italian poets Tiziano Fratus, Creaturing, and Fabiano Alborghetti, The Opposite Shore. His work has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, both in print and online, including Drunken Boat, The Progressive, Versal, and many others. His cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere.

Francesco Levato will perform with Philip Glass and members of YOA: Orchestra of the Americas on Wednesday, Aug 31st. Click here to purchase tickets.

Variations on Want


The film “Variations on Want” is based on the text of a book-length project consisting of long sequences composed of linked lyric and prose fragments. The text represents an ongoing inquiry and is collaged from numerous source texts including “The New Physics and Its Evolution” by Lucien Poincare, “Studies in the Psychology of Sex” by Havelock Ellis, pharmaceutical drug inserts, and a Kenmore washer instruction manual by Sears, Roebuck and Co.

The process of its construction involves a series of scans through source material with each level being more reductive than the previous. Visual and textual language from the source are collected, then words, phrases, and imagery are pulled out and arranged. From there the language is further reduced and rearranged, combining elements from many sources into poetic fragments. Those are then linked and further editing occurs to bring about a sense of cohesion in the whole.