This selection is drawn from six collections which span Pusterla's poetic career from 1985 to 2011. Pusterla's themes are many and varied, and there is a spareness and austerity about his poetry - which one feels is more 'Alpine' than Swiss - born of the age-old struggle with a harsh natural environment. One has a sense of forces in conflict: darkness and light, despair and hope, isolation and human contact, survival against the odds, even with an uncertain future ahead. The natural world clearly matters a great deal to him, as does family life, and occasionally the veil of everyday reality is lifted to reveal moments of pure happiness and exuberance.
Published June 2012