II page 124

Later in the separate awakenings
with their backs turned to who knows what
to the ever green thoughts with the task of teaching us that the best days
are not what is expected
what magic had kisses pulled at random with hands ready to requests will come and we will not have time
except for a stammering greeting
with a racing heart
faster than reasoning
and the trembling of arrhythmias
we loved each other in the wrong way with a deceptive tranquility
and the invented days and the journeys never made and the miserable winters that have made us unfaithful not only with the looks

Giorgio Anastasia (Italy, 1972) from Fondazione collection – translation from Italian by Slow Words

The Lovers, a cyanotype picture covering this poem, is from author student photographer Chiara Di Mauro who took part in a workshop lead by Diana Marrone (Slow Words) at CFI (Centro Fotografia Indipendente) founded by Mario Spada, Biagio Ippolito and Luca Anzani in Naples – an unconventional photography school where Slow Words and Fondazione editorial team partnered to issue a booklet of postcards in which the students freely chose to associate their photo projects to Anastasia’s poems.

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