L’imballatore

Di Valerio Magrelli

“Cos’è la traduzione? Su un vassoio

la testa pallida e fiammante d’un poeta”

(V.Nabokov)

.

L’imballatore chino

che mi vuota la stanza

fa il mio stesso lavoro.

Anch’io faccio cambiare casa

alle parole, alle parole

che non sono mie

e metto mano a ciò

che non conosco senza capire

cosa sto spostando.

Sto spostando me stesso

traducendo il passato in un presente

che viaggia sigillato

racchiuso dentro pagine

o dentro casse con la scritta

“Fragile” di cui ignoro l’interno.

E’ questo il futuro, la spola, il traslato,

il tempo manovale e citeriore,

trasferimento e tropo,

la ditta di trasloco.

The hauler

By Valerio Magrelli

“What is translation? On a platter

A poet’s pale and glaring head”

(V.Nabokov)

.

The stooped hauler

that empties my room

does my same job.

I too move house

for words, words

that are not mine

and lay my hands on things

I don’t know without understanding

what I’m moving.

I’m moving me

translating a past to a present

that travels hermetically

sealed in pages

or in crates with the words

“Fragile” of which I ignore the contents.

This is the future, the spool, the allegory,

time labouring and close at hand,

transfers and metaphors,

the moving company.

.

.

Translation by ©Matilda Colarossi

Valerio Magrelli is an Italian poet, teacher, translator. An expert in French literature, he is the author of numerous translations, numerous books of poems and prose. His complete bio can be found on parallel at Friends found in translation: https://paralleltexts.wordpress.com/found-in-translation/

L’imballatore is part of the book Esercizi di tiptologia  (Mondodori 1992)

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