Massimo Lollini

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La Luna di Kiev
by Gianni Rodari

Chissà se la luna
di Kiev
è bella
come la luna di Roma,
chissà se è la stessa
o soltanto sua sorella…
“Ma son sempre quella!
– la luna protesta –
non sono mica un berretto da notte
sulla tua testa!
Viaggiando quassù
faccio lume a tutti quanti,
dall’India al Perù,
dal Tevere al Mar Morto,
e i miei raggi viaggiano
senza passaporto.

senza passaporto”.

The moon of Kiev
by Gianni Rodari

Who knows if the moon
of Kiev
it is beautiful
like the moon of Rome,
who knows if it’s the same
or just her sister …

“But I am always the same!
– the moon protests –
I’m not
a nightcap
on your head!

Traveling up here
I light up everyone,
from India to Peru,
from the Tiber to the Dead Sea,
and my rays travel
without a passport.

without a passport “.

Transl. ML

*Image from Adobe Stock. Education license. Roman bridge and fortress of the Calahorra Tower, Cordoba. It is a bridge in the Historic center of Córdoba, Andalusia, southern Spain, built in the early 1st century BC across the Guadalquivir river.

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Remembering Adam Zagajewski, who died on March 21, 2021 …
One brief poem from his collection Eternal Enemies:


Yes, defending poetry, high style, etc.,
but also summer evenings in a small town,
where gardens waft and cats sit quietly
on doorsteps, like Chinese philosophers.

Photo by Massimo Lollini


Zagajewski, Adam, and Clare Cavanagh. Eternal Enemies. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009. Print, p. 69.

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