Reading by Barbara Carle
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Lio non esiste
2003 Pages 128 Euro 12,00
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Poems from the book L'io
non esiste (I Does Not Exist) by Gianfranco Palmery
Translation by Barbara Carle
Liver ailment, Titanic ill,
makes a poor theme for domestic, domiciliary
verses. Although under arrest
it doesn’t mean chained to a ridge
of stone with the gnawing of the fatal
vulture swooping down and from its own remains
the immortal liver is rosily reborn.
Here torments are obscure, modest:
melancholy or black bile: a stigma
of petrified gall inflames
the side—cause or effect of the affliction?
Are the poisons descending? Or will
the fumitory infusions of morning
free the mind from its funerary slothfulness?
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