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Wislawa Szymborska – Gli sono troppo vicina / I am too close for him

Roberto Ferri (b. 1978), Sonno di Rugiada I am too close for him to dream about me.I’m not flying over him, not fleeing himunder the roots of trees. I am too close.Not with my voice sings the fish in the net.Not from my finger rolls the ring.I am too close. A large house is on …

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Wislawa Szymborska – Impresso nella memoria / Commemoration

Renato Guttuso, Il bosco d’amore (Love Wood), 1985 They made love among the hazel shrubsbeneath the suns of dew,entangling in their haira leafy residue.Heart of the swallowhave mercy on them.They knelt down by the lake,combed out the earth and leaves,and fish swam to the water’s edgeshimmering like stars.Heart of the swallowhave mercy on them.The reflections …

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Sandro Penna – Era la vita tua lieta e gentile / Your life is pleasing and gentle

Carlo Ferranti, An Amorous Advance, c. 1908 Your life is pleasing and gentle. Along the way appeared a well-dressed gentleman, full of love but who was, simply, a worm. Your life is quiet and unconcerned with style. (Transl. by Peter Valente) Era la vita tua lieta e gentile. Quando a un tratto arrivò, gonfio d’amore, …

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