Sunday, March 30, 2008

Poetry Readings III: A Wise Quatrain by Valduga

Thanks to a poetess friend I have discovered Patrizia Valduga, a true gem in contemporary italian poetry. Here is a short quatrain by Valduga, which I memorized as a remainder:

Tu mandali a dormire i tuoi pensieri,
devi ascoltare i sensi solamente;
sarà un combattimento di guerrieri:
combatterà il tuo corpo e non la mente

You send your thoughts to sleep
you must listen only to your senses;
it will be a fight of warriors:
the body will fight, not the mind.

(my translation. I refrained from the futile exercise of rendering the meter)
Yes Patrizia, the mind has fought already, way too long. It is the body now that must continue the fight. The body, and a brave heart.


Anonymous said...

are you sure that she's Patrizia Valduga herself? the woman in the picture, I mean. She's got a different face, you can see here in here:

or the person in the picture is the writer of the article?
Me, I introduce myself: I'm Elisa Cappelli, and I've cerated a group about Valduga in facebook. You can also find me in

Hi by now,

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