Maria Luisa Spaziani

Thursday 18 October 2012 18:36

Maria Luisa Spaziani (1922) was born in Turin. She founded the important literary review Il dado. She is one of Italy’s most important poets. I regard this single translation of a very beautiful poem as an earnest of a desire to learn more. I hope to make further translations at a future date.

Her official website (in Italian)




The chronicles of the nettle


the white roofs not snow but

dust or lime or flour

here in the interstices of the tiles

the nettles salute me


my emblem my tsarina

a rose refuses to grow there

neither lily nor acacia

violet or tuberose.


as in a game my warrior

shall we inaugurate

a new convention

a new mythology





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The translations are Creative Commons.