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Valerio Magrelli: the embrace

As you rest beside me, I lean over and by your face I catch hold of sleep the way one wick catches hold of another wick's flame

Valerio Magrelli

The Embrace

As you rest beside me, I lean over
and by your face I catch hold of sleep
the way one wick
catches hold of another wick's flame.
There, two night lights, flicker
as fire is passed, and sleep takes hold.
But in that hold thunders
the basement furnace.
Down there a fossile nature burns,
Prehistory is ablaze, and dead
submerged peat ferments, and flares
into my radiators.
In a dark halo of heating oil
our little room is a nest warmed
by organic residues, by bonfires, by scum.
And we wicks are the two tongues
of that single Paleozoic torch.

Valerio Magrelli



Valerio Magrelli, The Contagion of Matter, translated by Anthony Molino, Holmes & Meier Publishers, 2000: http://www.amazon.com/Contagion-Matter-Valerio-Magrelli/dp/0841913994

Valerio Magrelli

L’abbraccio

Tu dormi accanto a me così io mi inchino
e accostato al tuo viso prendo sonno
come fa lo stoppino
da uno stoppino che gli passa il fuoco.
E i due lumini stanno
mentre la fiamma passa e il sonno fila.
Ma mentre fila vibra
la caldaia nelle cantine.
Laggiù si brucia una natura fossile,
là in fondo arde la Preistoria, morte
torbe sommerse, fermentate,
avvampano nel mio termosifone.
In una buia aureola di petrolio
la cameretta è un nido riscaldato
da depositi organici, da roghi, da liquami.
E noi, stoppini, siamo le due lingue
di quell'unica torcia paleozoica.

Valerio Magrelli


Valerio Magrelli, Esercizi di tiptologia, Mondadori, 1992

by T N
06 april 2009, Food Notes > Food Tourism

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