On the day of your addio

da La Notte di San Giovanni

Quant’era bella e svariata la vita!
Come si succedevano velocemente
le gioie e le delusioni,
come si alternavano le stagioni,
quando il tempo ci bagnava nella sua corrente!

Sul progresso

Beati loro che pensano al progresso:
io solo penso alla morte o al sesso.

– Juan Rodolfo Wilcock. Poesie. Adelphi, 1980

from The Night of San Giovanni

How beautiful and various life was!
How quickly came
the joys and delusions,
how the seasons too commuted,
when we in time’s current were bathed!

On progress

Lucky they are who think about progress:
I alone think about death or sex.

translations Miseraestupendacitta 2011


(photograph found online, uncredited)

April 17, 1919 – March 16, 1978


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