Saturday, September 1, 2018




Twenty wives. Soon I was seen.
If your boss is not taken, you’ll be killed.

To Italy I fled & fled.
My friends: 50 euros in my hand.
My heart: stolen more than once.
My body: shaken in shrieking dance.

I went to the east, I went to the west:
everywhere I found no rest
every time I got the sack:
my hands, only too black.

Swift success struck me by Carriage:
next, I met love & marriage.
At last. Life is not a miscarriage.


A bang in the door, a flash in the night,
cries of madness, claws of blood,
please, oh please, stop it soon.

Hands strike & strike the blow,
a blade on the lap, hands tightly tied,
clocks strike midnight, power poisons the pain,
such, such a shame is going to end.

I will bless my friends,
I will bless my judge,
at last by far the blackest night sets

in spite of you.


Months & years
rapes & stains
patient eyes, scratched cheeks,
broken noses, torn clothes.

Too many hands squeezed our blood
too many feet crushed us to death
our wrath surged like a wave
our anger makes us very relentless.

The best flowers stopped blooming so much.
Horror was deeply rooted in our hearts
sorrow took deep roots in our scars.
Doctor, heal people’s touch.

Covered with mud
buried with dung
we learnt to hug
we learnt to act.

We need to move in the clearest sunshine
we want to dance at night in the softest moonlight
we know we can sing only together:
our dance & love song will make us proud.


ANNA MARIA DALL’OLIO: MA Languages (Pisa, 1985), BA Letters (Pisa, 2004). She devoted herself to poetry and playwriting. In 2005 she was ranked second in "Hanojo - via Rendevuo", a Vietnamese cultural competition for the millennial celebration of Hanoj (1010-2010). She published 4 collections of poems in Italian: "Lacqua opprime" (“Water anguishes”, 2016), Fruttorto sperimentale (“Experimental food forest”, 2016), "Latte & Limoni" (“Milk and lemons”, 2014), "Langoscia del pane" (“Bread is sorrow”, 2010). She also wrote "Tabelo" (“Table”, 2006), a play in Esperanto. Several Italian poets and literary critics have expressed their favorable opinions on her works. She published her poems in sundry anthologies and wrote for a few literary magazines as well as webzines. Italian scholar Gianfranco Cotronei has recently edited Le sirene di cartone di Anna Maria DallOlio (“Anna Maria DallOlios cardboard sirens”, 2017) .a monograph about her 10-year-old literary career.

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