William Stabile

Saturday 20 October 2012 11:06

William Stabile was born in Milan in 1973 and has lived in places as far apart as Naples and London. He presently lives in Bolivia. Trained in economics, he first began writing at a bar in Panama, his first poem scratched out on the back of a cigarette packet. He published his first collection Contrappunto e Tre Poesie Creole (Counterpoint and Three Creole Poems) in 2006. This poem comes from that collection.

His publisher’s page (Italian)

A review of the book (Italian)


there are moments

precise moments in my evenings

in which I cease to be a man

I traverse seasons in a few minutes

I shed thoughts in spirals

lines of certainty half- truths

so the wheat sheds its husk

at the first biting wind of September

but then you come hair the russet of apples

& you gather just the husks

senses tuned to the thinnest frequency

the truth survives in counterpoint

Contrappunto N.1

Ci sono momenti

precisi momenti nelle mie sere

in cui finisco per essere un uomo:

attraverso stagioni in pochi minuti;

mi spoglio di pensieri a spirali, certezze zebrate e ragioni

(consolidate al sole d’estate),

come la spiga perde i suoi chicchi

al primo del vento, a Settembre.

Poi arrivi tu, coi capelli rossi d’autunno

e raccogli il chicco più gusto

con una modulata frequenza dei sensi.

La verità sta nel contrappunto.

Click here for a review (in Italian) of William Stabile’s collection Contrappunti e Tre Poesie Creole

Clicca qui per una recensione del libro di William Stabile Contrappunti e Tre Poesie Creole

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