Curzio Malaparte

(1898 – 1957 / Prato / Italy)

Curzio Malaparte Poems

1. Today We Fly 5/9/2015

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Today We Fly

One Sunday morning,
instead of studying The Illiad,
I escaped with Bino to Florence,
to see what miracles the aviator Manissero
would perform.

Whether he would demonstrate the art of Daedalus
or the folly of Icarus.

We found the whole city festooned with banners
on which was written: Today We Fly.
They were everywhere: Via Cerretani,
Via Cavour, Via Calzaioli, along the embankments.
There was even one stretched across the Arno
with an enormous red Today We Fly
reflected in the yellow water
like the famous In Hoc Signo Vinces of Ponte ...

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