[Antico Castello in Rapallo harbor. The poet of question #1 lived in one of the houses up the hill]
1. This Irish poet described Rapallo's coastline as a "thin line of broken mother-of-pearl along the water's edge" and spent much time writing (automatic and otherwise) in his Rapallo Notebooks.
a. Patrick Kavanagh
b. Austin Clarke
c. Padraig Mac Aodhagáin
d. William Butler Yeats
2. This poet's mother died in Rapallo and was shipped back to the U.S., "wrapped like panettone in Italian tinfoil" and with her name misspelled.
a. John Berryman
b. Anne Sexton
c. Robert Lowell
d. Hart Crane
3. This poet left Paris to make his home in Rapallo, where he spent the mornings at via Marsala 12 with his wife Dorothy, and afternoons at Casa 60 with his mistress Olga.
a. Edgar Lee Masters
b. Ezra Pound
c. Edwin Arlington Robinson
d. Robinson Jeffers
4. This organization, housed in a beautiful villa overlooking the harbor, has an extensive English-language section featuring esoteric travel books from the 1930s and 1940s and many first editions of American and English poets' books.
a. Club Sampdoria Pamphilj
b. Città di Rapallo - Biblioteca Internazionale
c. Touring Club Cristoforo Colombo
d. Associazione Ligure di Poesia
5. This internationally well-respected critic, translator, and professor of the University of Genoa is a supremely generous host to anglophone poet/translator types who happen to be passing through Liguria.
a. Massimo Bacigalupo
b. Salvatore Montalbano
c. Fabri Fibra
d. Luciano Zeffirelli
(answers below the flowers, which were presented, post-lecture, by the lovely people of question #4)
(1) d. Yeats (2) c. Lowell (3) b. Pound (4) b. Città di Rapallo - Biblioteca Internazionale (5) a. Massimo Bacigalupo, to whom we again express our deepest thanks!
PS: there is much more to "Literary Rapallo" than I have had time to mention here. Your trusty European Correspondent must now sign off to accomplish various holiday errands.