Santa Maria la Longa, January 26th, 1917
I light myself all
with a quick
motion of gazes.
Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888, Alexandria of Egypt – 1970 Italy), this is the first version of Mattina, then published only with the first two unforgettable verses in Allegria di naufragi (1919) – translation by Diana Marrone (the picture on the cover is a free interpretation of a detail of an artwork by Douglas Gordon, Punishment Exercise – Black and White, 2008, Collezione Enea Righi, Italy)