Francesco Giusti lives in L'Aquila, where he took a degree in European Literature with a work on the contemporary response to 'Beowulf' and another on the response to 'Odissey' in Derek Walcott's 'Omeros'. Now he is specializing in Comparative Studies in the same University. He is interested in American, English and Italian literature of the XXth Century. He published essays on Charles Reznikoff, ... more »
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Song For A Storyteller
There is a rose in the middle of the haw,
speaking softly of a struggle all around
across a river of leaves, among the trees;
she recalls an address of so many years ago
almost a man of straw amid a fire
when wind blows to ruffle her petals,
but, she has something besides the body,
it is an iron breath which cannot be summarized
in this wordy wound, cannot be a metaphor
for something else: it’s enough in herself.
And you can shed another petal on the floor
but it’s useless, another useless action told.
Choose a body, a name, a place
for your ...