Poetry is honey for the soul (5) – Federica Galetto, Federica Nightingale … and Federica!

     Poetry is honey for the soul

 

 

Federica invites us to come into her world today, as Federica Galetto with her poem that she has translated from Italian into English, and as Federica Nightingale with the digital collage that introduces the text.

More at the end of the post.

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I am like a stone under your tongue

 I am the bride’s veil

and the drop of salt  into an ocean

 I am an empty jug and the lost water

your arm and your wrist in a land of sounds

 I am the hole you have filled

and the coat that you need

 marble

wool

gold and soul

 I am the descent you walk right through

And the desert you’ll obey

 I am everything

And now I am gone

 (ghost in your mind)

(I am)

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Io sono come pietra sotto la tua lingua

 Io sono il velo della sposa

E la goccia di sale in un oceano

 Io sono una brocca vuota e l’acqua persa

Il tuo braccio e il tuo polso in una terra di suoni

 Io sono il buco che hai riempito

e il cappotto di cui hai bisogno

 Marmo

Lana

Oro e anima

 Io sono la discesa nella quale ti addentri

e il deserto  a cui ubbidisci

 Io sono tutto

E ora me ne sono andata

 (spettro nella tua mente)

(Io sono)

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Testi di Federica Galetto

Federica Galetto is a contemporary Italian poet, writer, and artist who has already published part of her work. As an artist, she makes digital collages under the name of Federica Nightingale. She also uses photos as medium for her art. This is the link to her blog (at the page she gives me the authorization to cite today):

https://lalepreeilcerchio.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/i-am/

She also has a Facebook page (mostly in English):

Federica Nightingale

As she says of herself and her work:

Sono una poetessa, una scrittrice, una traduttrice, un’artista collagista. Sono ciò che ho sempre voluto essere. (“I am a poet, a writer, a translator, an artist who makes collages. I am the one I have always wanted to be”)

“La Poesia va diffusa. I mezzi che si utilizzano per farlo non sono importanti, ma importante è che cresca una coscienza poetica dalle radici umane al Cielo. Allora, come diceva un grande giardiniere inglese di nome Geoff Hamilton : “Il Cielo è il limite.” (“Poetry shoud be spread. The means that are used to make it are not important. What is important is that a poetical conscience be born from the human roots up to the Heavens. Then, as a great British gardener, named Geoff Hamilton, used to say: ‘Sky is the limit'”).

(All work by Federica Galetto / Federica Nightingale protected by the laws of copyright). Hazardous translation of her words is mine and she may well correct me!

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