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Love Lessons:
Selected Poems of Alda Merini
Translated by Susan Stewart

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments, ix
Translator's Introduction, 1

Acknowledgments, ix
Translator's Introduction, 1

from FIORE DI POESIA: 1951-1997/POETRY'S FLOWER

from La presenza di Orfeo / The Presence of Orpheus (1953)
La presenza di Orfeo/The Presence of Orpheus, 18
Sarò sola?/Will I Be Alone?, 24

from Paura di Dio/Fear of God (1955)
Solo una mano d'angelo/Only an Angel's Hand, 26
Maria Egiziaca (Tintoretto)/Mary of
Egypt (Tintoretto), 28
Pax/Peace, 30

from Nozze romane/Roman Wedding (1955)
Nozze romane/Roman Wedding, 34
La Pietà/The Pietà, 36
La Sibilla Cumana/The Cumaean Sibyl, 38
Quando l'angoscia/When the Anguish, 40

from Tu sei Pietro/You Are Pietro (1961)
from Parte prima/The First Part
Missione di Pietro/Peter's Mission , 42
from Parte seconda/The Second Part
Sogno/Dream, 44
Lirica antica/Antique Lyric, 46
E piú facile ancora/And It Would Be Even Easier, 48

from La Terra Santa/The Holy Land (1984)
Io ero un uccello/As for me, I used to be a bird, 50
Tangenziale dell'ovest/Western Ring Road, 52
La luna s'apre nei giardini del manicomio/The moon
unveils itself in the madhouse gardens, 54
Il mio primo trafugamento di madre/My first mothertheft, 56

from Per Michele Pierri/For Michele Pierri (unpublished until 1991)
Il canto dello sposo/The Song of the Groom, 58
Elegia/Elegy, 60
from La gazza ladra. Venti ritratti/The Thieving Magpie: Twenty Portraits (unpublished until 1991)
Saffo/Sappho, 62
Emily Dickinson/Emily Dickinson, 64
Plath/Plath, 66
Alda Merini/Alda Merini, 68
Il pastrano/The Overcoat, 70
Il grembiule/The Apron, 72
L'ospite/The Guest, 74
from Le satire della Ripa/Ripa's Satires (1983)
Cesare amò Cleopatra/Caesar loved Cleopatra, 76
from La palude di Manganelli o Il monarca del re/Manganelli's Quagmire or The King's Reign (1992)
Otello/Othello, 78
from Titano amori interno/Colossal Inner Loves (1993)
La sottoveste/The Slip, 80
from Ballate non pagate/Penniless ballads (1995)
Tornai allora a quella neve chiara/Then I went back to
that bright snow, 82

from La volpe e il sipario/The Fox and the Curtain (1997)
Che insostenibile chiaroscuro/What unbearable
chiaroscuro, 84

from Aforismi/Aphorisms (1997), 86

from SUPERBA È LA NOTTE/SUPERB IS THE NIGHT (2000)
Sulla noce di un'albicocca/On the pit of an apricot, 92
La cosa piú superba è la notte/The most superb thing is the night, 94
La notte se non è rapida/Night, if it is not swift, 96
C'era una fontana che dava albe/There was a fountain that offered dawns, 98
Naviglio che soccorri la mia carne/Naviglio that succors my fl esh, 100
Ci sono i paradisi artifi ciali/There are artificial paradises, 102
Resti un ardente ulivo/Stay steady burning olive tree, 104
In morte di mia sorella/On the Death of My Sister, 106
O canto della neve chiuso dentro la fossa/Oh song of the snow stuck inside the ditch, 108
Guerra/War, 110
Il Corvo/The Raven, 112
Il grido della morte/The Cry of Death, 116
Unpublished (composed 2001)
Nella terra di Scozia/In the land of Scotland, 122

Notes, 125

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