Taking a cue from the beloved poet, Pablo Neruda (to whom this book is dedicated), Perre finds aching beauty in things both sacred and profane, universally exalted and the mundane commonplace - as subjects for each ode. In his deft treatment each ode becomes a song, a declaration, a chant, a truth set to the soul’s music.
"In "Carmina: The Nomad Odes", Perre continues to display the originality and lyricism that he displayed in his award-winning debut collection, 'A Confederacy of Joy."
"A unique poetry/prose style all his own, one sees in his poems the vision of Philip Levine and Larry Levis, the burnished beauty of James Wright and the passion of Pablo Neruda."
"In these carmina (Lat. odes, songs) we find a clarion voice of exceptional intricacy and care."
About the author
Juan-Paolo Perre began his artistic career at age 7 as a boy soloist singer with cathedral choirs which lead to an audition with renowned conductor/composer, Leonard Bernstein for his Broadway musical “1600 Pennsylvania Ave” - also playing the piano for Mr. Bernstein. He made his first appearance as piano soloist with orchestra at the age of 11.
As a concert violinist and pianist, he has performed in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts worldwide. As an actor and singer, (under his nom d'artiste, Adam Alexi-Malle), starring in numerous films, ('Bowfinger", "Hidalgo", "The Man Who Wasn't There"), on television (in "The Sopranos", "The West Wing" and "24") and in theatre, on Broadway, in "Titanic", "The Threepenny Opera" and most notably in the American première of British playwright/film director, Mike Leigh's play, "Goose-Pimples" which garnered him critical acclaim in an award-nominated performance. This lead to his invitation to Hollywood to star opposite Steve Martin in the film, “Bowfinger”.
In addition, he is a sought-after voice artist having lent his voice in film, television and as a narrator for Penguin/Random House Audio Books and has just embarked on a major project as the voice of the celebrated French author, Alexandre Dumas where all of the author's books will be recorded.
He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Juilliard School and the universities of Wisconsin and Maryland earning a Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Doctoral and advanced graduate work continued at the Université de Paris, the Paris and Moscow Conservatories as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
A recipient of numerous fellowships including the New York Philharmonic Scholarship, the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship in Paris and an Aerodyne Grant, his writing has previously appeared in the Cream City Reader, The Red Wheelbarrow and A Delicate Balance, among others.
His debut collection of poetry, "A Confederacy of Joy" was awarded the Legacy Poetry Prize.
He has been appointed an editor of the literary magazine, "Il Palio Review."