by Alex Valente.

Original Italian by Carla Lonzi (1931-82)

The impact will be
of a specific wound, hiding
the enigma – it’ll melt in airy
migration of a blood cloud
obeying the call of unbridgeable
situations on the migrating trail
of tame iridescent pens
the outpouring flight of dizzying
happiness that follows the snapping
of a vertebra or a muscle
rigidly hidden the innocent
gait of those who hold
nothing too close.

(Milan, 23 novembre 1961)

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