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Valerio Magrelli

Valerio Magrelli has published four books of poems as well as studies of Dadaism and Paul Valéry.

Four Poems

Valerio Magrelli, translated by Jamie McKendrick, 23 March 2006

Summertime, like the cinemas, I shut up shop. Thought flies off elsewhere and evaporates. Billboards write white, the air’s warm, the table weighted with fruit.

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The moonlight is a work of art, a substance first outlined then polished till it’s flint stone, mineral flame, but flame that’s enfeebled, dead, like grass grown in the dark, a pale, ritual vetch whose glow has the...

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