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


at the full moon

his clawed



into my silence

I wrote

letters full of love


Never did I


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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