page 14

Page 14 of En abîme could read like this:

 

Veglia (Cima Quattro, 23 dicembre 1915), Vigil (Peak Quattro, December 23, 1915).

by Giuseppe Ungaretti

 

A whole night

thrown near

the body

of a slain comrade

his mouth

snarling

at the full moon

his clawed

fingers

ripping

into my silence

I wrote

letters full of love

 

Never did I

so

cling to life.

 

A hinge between the Dwarf painting by William Baziotes, and the Alpine soldiers’ song The Captain’s Testament.

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