Patrizia Sardisco


‘un abbaca

‘un havi nnomi, ‘unhavi

unni iri a stari

‘stati e ‘mmernu

‘un havi ciaru e culuri

e ‘un abbaca

lori picchì ‘un si chiama

picchì si mancia e smància ‘u tempu e u sonnu

lori comu nni lòtinu i pinzeri

ranni nichi e ammucciati

cu l’aluzzi arrunchiati

e i piruzzi


e fora ‘o lettu



Patrizia Sardisco


it’s unabated

it’s unnamed, it’s

got no place to go

summer or winter

it‘s got no odour no colour

and it’s unabated

troubling because unnamed

because it wears down and wears at time and sleep

troubling like thoughts trouble

large small and unseen

its tiny wings contracted

its tiny feet


and peeking out from the bed


Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Patrizia Sardisco’s lyrics and her short stories, in both Italian and Sicilian dialect, have been published in numerous anthologies, as well on numerous blogs. In 2015 Patrizia Sardisco was part of the project Gli alberi poeti/ci. Together with the poet Alba Gnazi, she blogs at Un post di vacanze, here. She has participated, with success, in numerous prestigious literary contests: Animosa Civitas Corleonis Prize 2012, 2013 (special mention and first place) ; Festival del Libro di Vallelunga, 2013 (first place); Città di Chiaramonte 2014 and 2016 (first place); Concorso Guido Gozzano 2014 (second place); Concorso Terra d’Ulivi 2015 (second place); InediTo – Colline di Torino 2014 (special mention)Premio Ischitella – Pietro Giannone 2014 and 2016 (finalist); and the International Città di Marineo Prize, 2015 (special mention).

Poem #29 is from the collection Crivu, winner of the 44th edition of the “International Città di Marineo Prize” published by plumelia edizioni.

The book Crivu can be found here.

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