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Three Poems by Sandro Penna

To Us, To Us

A crowd snarled “to us” “to us”
And black reigned beneath the sun
But the new urban planning!
The restlessness of the pissoirs!
And evenings the calm worry of cats

Una folla gridava ‘a noi’ ‘a noi’
Ed il nero imperava sotto il sole.
Ma il nuovo Piano Regolatore!
L’irrequietezza degli orinatoi!
E la sera la calma paura dei gatti.

Drowsy Autumn Arrives

Drowsy autumn arrives. Sparkling
Behind shining glass two
Shining eyes

Viene l’autunno sonnolento. Brillano
dietro i lucenti vetri due lucenti
occhi.

To Sit at an Unknown Table

To sit at an unknown table
To sleep in someone else’s bed
To feel the already empty square
Swell in tender goodbye

Sedere a una tavola ignota.
Dormire in un letto non mio.
Sentire la piazza gia vuota
gonfiarsi in un tenero addio.

Translated by Alexander Booth

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February

But the far street
Ends only meet 
 
The russet, indigo
Firs, backs of hills
 
And no water
So begins the search
 
For tide
In air; frustrated
 
With words, what’s
Come so far: lifeless
 

Alexander Booth

Two Poems

Sounding

A run-on sentence of winter
Split the evening days of coal the red
S-Bahn across the palimpsest city
Simply for something

Birds wet with snow with wings
The steel mouth shudders
Dim lamps, damp shivers
Had nothing to do with cold

Periodo di Chiusura

Back
Now
Out over
A quiet street
Shuttered against
August’s dull heavy heat
Trails of smoke
From far fields
Cloud-hidden stars
Not one light
Across
The courtyards
Six years
To write
One
Poem

Rome 1999-2005

Alexander Booth


Contrasting Views

"Literalism is a feature of boorish translators." Cicero "The clumsiest literal translation is a thousand times more useful than the prettiest paraphrase." Nabokov

The Faerie Queene

"John Ashbery said reading the Faerie Queene was like reading an endless beautiful comic strip." Kenneth Koch

Sigmund Freud

"Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me."

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