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Oltre (Beyond)
P. Eluard, W. Blake, Vergil, T. S. Eliot, J. L. Borges


by Guido Monte & Francesca Saieva


Multilingual Poetry


Research on Eluard, Eliot, Borges: Marta Giambrone, Margherita Guzzo

Pic: "Distanze" - © 2008 Bruno Martinez - Size: 9k
© 2008 Bruno Martinez



(Swans - March 5, 2008)  

Haut mur... high wall is the essence

of my death,
I wonder whether

it was an accident my fear of the mirrors.

Plus j'avance, plus l'ombre s'accroît...

beneath us was the sun, black but shining;

there're enlarged airs, preening the lands

of feeble light—you can know your sun, your stars

largior hic campos aether et lumine vestit

purpureo solemque suum sua sidera norunt

but between the essence and the descent

falls the shadow



Ill flowers these my eyes, my mouth, my body. They live by reflex, inside a mirror. Distorted images are overlapping, faded eyes are questioning about an essence. Damned the mirrors? Maybe I enter inside them (Rodenbach) and I wait holding your hand: Anwesen. What is near can be, as distance, very far (Heidegger). I must run along the grey wall...till the horizon will be mine, visible (Kieslowski) -- not yet my end, no more oubli dell'essere, because a paradise is hidden inside me (Dostoevski).



Marta Giambrone, Margherita Guzzo, Bruno Martinez are Saieva's students at the Liceo ginnasio "G. Meli" (Palermo).

Photo: Distanze, by Bruno Martinez (2008)


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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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