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Man and woman watch each other lying in bed:
their two bodies stretched out wide and exhausted.
the man is still, only the woman takes long breaths
that quiver her ribs. The legs distended
are bony and knotted in the man's. The whispers
from the sun-covered street are foisted on them.

The air hangs impalpable in the heavy shadow
and freezes the drops of living sweat
on the lips. The gazes from the adjoining heads
are identical, but they no longer find each other's bodies
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COMMENTS
Linh Dinh 03 August 2007
Hi Denis Joe, The flatness, nearly mechanical tone reflects the post-coital withdrawal he's describing, a condition I know only too well! There's no direction left but to roll over and fall asleep and, perchance, to dream hard.
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Joseph Daly 03 August 2007
This is, for me, the satisfactory of the Pavese pieces. It is beautiful, but seems to lack any direction.
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