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D’Arezzo: Two Poems

Poetry Maria d’Arezzo
Translated from the Italian by Olivia E. Sears


It would not surprise me to find I am dead—
as my soul is full of sweet things
I never found in life.
The trees down there say yes and no, yes and no—
and the sky is like a distant kiss—
I must remain silent to understand, and make myself understood—
I will not break the rhythm of  [...]

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Issue 22



Winter 2015


Maria d’Arezzo (1890–1978)—born Maria Cardini in Arezzo—was a poet, translator, and editor of the early twentieth-century Italian avant-garde. Soon after publishing her second book of poems (she was not yet thirty), she abandoned creative writing and dedicated herself to translating Greek authors, particularly pre-Socratic philosophy. The Italian versions of the poems in this issue can be found in the anthology Spirale di dolcezza + serpe di fascino. Scrittrici futuriste antologia (Spiral of sweetness + snake of fascination: Futurist women writers), edited by C. Bello Minciacchi (Bibliopolis).


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