Italian Example

for Ma Angelica
(Juana Rosa Pita)

A land where a romance language’s words
have bloomed in its author’s seminal works,
and music from unheard celestial spheres
has come through composers into our ears
while mountain-extracted masses of marble
have morphed into chiseled sculptural marvels;
a country renowned for art and architecture
has shown by example – lovelier than lecture –
like God, you can create a universe:
in painting, sculpture, music, verse…

Esempio italiano

Terra in cui della lingua le parole
hanno fiorito in seminali opere,
e musica da inascoltate sfere
per i compositori a nostre orecchie
giunta, intanto dal monte in blocchi il marmo
si è mutato in sculpito miracolo;
famosa per l’arte e l’architettura
nazione che da esempio – meglio di una lettura –
come Dio, può creare un universo
in musica, dipinti, statue, verso…

Iris in Florence

Mario A. Pita
Italian translation by Juana Rosa Pita.
poem originally published in Lyrical Emissary

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