Patrizia Cavalli

Patrizia Cavalli (b. 1952) was born in Todi (Umbria) and now lives in Rome. Her first three volumes, Le mie poesie non cambieranno il mondo (1974), Il cielo (1981), and L'io singolare proprio mio (1992), are collected in Poesie (1974–92) (1992), and were followed by Sempre aperto teatro (1999) and Pigre divinità e pigra sorte (2006). She has also translated plays by Molière and Shakespeare. "La giornata atlantica," the poem translated here, is from her third collection.

  • My Poems Won't Change the World
    Gini Alhadeff, ed. New York. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 2013. ISBN 9780374217440  My Poems Won’t Change the World opens with poetry almost haiku-like in its concision and simplicity, proving Patrizia Cavalli a master of minimalism. And yet the very white space on her pages can function ironically: in the eponymous poem, a bemused and knowing silence follows the poet’s affirmation: “yes...
  •    July 2011
    When with my judgment I laymyself out to the tepid peace of every day,the docile afternoons, the wide and naturalsleep, no longer opposed to the climatethat equal and still caresses me instead– the clotted voices open and let me enterand the street-smells pay court to meand I give myself at piazza cornersto old men's and girls' looks, and chastely in loveI find every excuse to make me stay – at o...