-le tigre e la neve-
Don’t start writing love poems,
they’re the hardest,
wait till you’re at least 80.
Write about something else, the sea,
the wind, a radiator,
a tram running late,
no one thing’s more poetic than another.
Poetry isn’t without, it’s within.
Don’t ask what’s poetic or true,
look in the mirror, poetry’s you.
Dress your poems up,
choose your words carefully,
be selective, some things you need
eight months to find one word.
Beauty started when people began to choose,
since Adam and Eve.
You know how long Eve took
to pick the right fig leaf?
How about this one? She stripped bare
all the fig trees in Paradise.
if you don’t love it’s all dead!
Fall in love and
everything will come to life.
Squander your joy,
dissipate your cheerfulness.
be sad and silent with enthusiasm,
hurl your happiness into people’s faces
I can’t read ‘em.
To convey happiness you must be happy,
to convey pain you must to happy.
Be happy, you must suffer!
Don’t be scared of suffering,
the whole world suffers!
If you don’t have the means, don’t worry,
only one thing is necessary
to write poetry, everything.
Don’t try to be modern,
it’s the most old-fashioned thing there is.
If a line doesn’t come to
you in this position,
chuck yourself on the ground like this!