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Journey To The Sleep Doors: Sybilla
Dante, Petronius, Joyce


by Guido Monte & Francesca Saieva


Multilingual Poetry



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© 2004 Guido Monte



(Swans - December 31, 2007 - January 1, 2008)  

così al vento ne le foglie levi
so on the wind leaves
si perdea la sentenza di Sibilla

the Sybil's sentence vanished—

a help from old obstacles:
woman, death senhal

"apothanein thélo" I want to die

woman, life senhal: excessus mentis
"and yes I said yes I will Yes"

she sails on primeval waters
to the well shaped black pyramids
of Giants' Causeway



Deciphered enigma of a transfigured reality, responses on leaves from a too-old autumn. "Roots that every wind tore away" (E. Montale). Voice of woman, cosmogonic howl, archetypal sign (E. Zola). Hiss unlocks eternal obscurity in the people's noises (J. Conrad). Pry Sibyl: "Is it simple the way to Hades?" (Aeschylus).

Eternal-finite, immortal-death, you take care of your individuality's conscience. What about the fates, this time? And what is your question? "Nothing good or perfect from the sea, all is split, dust, mud, bog" (Plato). Is it only a lie what I wrote, thought, heard? (N. Hikmet)



The authors thank Virginia Ann Huth.


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Guido Monte on Swans (with bio). Francesca Saieva teaches philosophy and pedagogy, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Palermo. Read her bio on the page she shares with Guido Monte.



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