|La mia voce
La mia voce non ha rombo di mare
Io non volli cantar, volli parlare,
E amara è pur la mia voce talvolta,
Come quando a un’amica si confida
My voice is not the roar of the ocean
I did not want to sing, I wanted to speak
And my voice too is sometimes bitter,
Like when some melancholy secret
Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2019
When the poet Amalia Guglielminetti was asked: “What, in your opinion, is humourism?” She quickly responded: “Humourism is the truth wearing a clown costume, joking on a tight rope.” There is no humour in this poem, La mia voce, from the collection Seduzioni, but an unhappy truth: women have often been penalized in the arts.
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