Mario: A Biography in Poetry is a collection of poems that recounts the “coming-of-age story” of the artist; Mario Capaldi, as he struggles to pursue his career, and be with the woman he loves, against the wishes of his family.
He experiences conflict with race, religion, and culture as he grows up in Britain during the Second World War.
Mario Capaldi (1935-2004) was born in Glasgow where he spent his formative years. His parents were Italian but were born in England. The family later relocated to Middlesbrough to run their ice-cream business.
Mario went on to have a successful career as an artist working mainly for London and New York companies.
The forty-four poems cover the years 1935-1960. They are mainly in organic verse, but use a variety of tone and style to convey the range of emotions and dramatic incidents associated with Mario’s life.