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January 01st 2008 print

Paolo Bertolani/Jennifer Compton

Poems from Lerici: In November

It was pleasant to return home at night
after a dance or a dinner
your head swimming and the eyes on the streetlamps
swaddled by midges thick in the mist
and the lights of the houses all turned off
and the silence then.

Paolo Bertolani
translated by Massimo Bacigalupo and Jennifer Compton