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Friday, January 3, 2020

Ruthless Memory (Memoria spietata) by Vincenzo Cardarelli


Edvard Munch, Melancholy (1894)


From "Vincenzo Cardarelli: The Forgotten amongst the Great. A Collection of the Best Poems by Vincenzo Cardarelli, Translated in English," available as e-book on Amazon Kindle, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touchon NOOK Bookon Koboand as printed, traditional edition through Lulu.


Ruthless Memory (Memoria spietata)


Oh, ruthless memory, what have you done
of my village?
A village of ghosts
where nothing has changed but the living beings
that usurp the place of the dead.
Here all stands still, enchanted,
in my remembrance.
Even the wind.
How many times, oh place of my birth,
within you I came to seek
what belongs to me most and I have lost.
That ancient wind, those ancient voices,
and the odors and the seasons
of a time, alas, already lived.

From the collection "Opere Complete," 1962, by Vincenzo Cardarelli.

From "Vincenzo Cardarelli: The Forgotten amongst the Great. A Collection of the Best Poems by Vincenzo Cardarelli, Translated in English," available as e-book on Amazon Kindle, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touchon NOOK Bookon Koboand as printed, traditional edition through Lulu.


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