The Florence Duck Store. 23 poems inspired by Italy

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Having found himself in Florence suspiciously often, Harry Cochrane decided to settle as an Anglo-Florentine in 2018.

Despite the crushing weight of art and history that seems to make the atmospheric pressure higher than in other parts of the world, Florence has not yet persuaded him to give up scribbling poems. Instead, it has shouldered its way into most of his writings, as have the country and the people it belongs to.

At the core of this book are poems previously published in The Florentine, alongside others written in Florence, about Florence or around Florence.



The Florence Duck Store

23 poems inspired by Italy

By Harry Cochrane

‘The Florence Duck Store’ is the longest verse in the collection centred on an unrequited love story and a flock of rubber ducks, while ‘Vinanelle’ sees the vanishing of a long-cherished bottle of plonk. Forays from Florence feature Valentine’s in Livorno’s Venezia Nuova and a Sicilian hike up Mount Etna. Modern translations of Guido Cavalcanti and Leon Battista Alberti graze the pages, as does a contemporary take on Dante’s Purgatorio.

About the Author

Harry Cochrane is a writer and journalist based in Florence, Italy, where he writes for The Florentine and the Times Literary Supplement. He was born in 1994 in Northumberland, UK.

Additional information

Weight 130 g
Dimensions 15 × 21 × 0.5 cm

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