Il palombaro

The Deep-sea diver is what is called a visual poem. The words and form of the poem, or the drawings (like in this case) go together: one makes no sense without the other. In this poem  Govoni  recreates the waves and the movement of the sea freeing the words from their usual space on the page and inviting us in his fanciful view of the sea.

Il palombaro

Corrado Govoni

Il palombaro

cordone ombelicale
lunga lenza

burattino per il teatro muto dei pesci

acrobata profondo

spauracchio

becchino mascherato
che ruba cadaveri di annegati

uomo pneumatico
assassino ermetico
accetta boia sottomarino

attinia

ceppo insanguinato
dove lasciarono i capelli serpini
le sirene decapitate

innaffiatoio

incudine

oloturia
sacco
verminoso
di
conciaiuolo

primavera
metallizzata dei
coralli

ostriche
cofani di sputi e di
perle
medusa
ombrello di mendicanti
giostra fosforescente
di
cavallucci
marini

cavallino
indomabile

esca

stella carnivora…

alghe vermi verdi

The deep-sea diver

Corrado Govoni

The deep-sea diver

umbilical cord
long fishing line

puppet for the mute theatre of the fish

deep acrobat

bogeyman

masked mortician
who steals drowned bodies

pneumatic man
hermetic assassin
hatchet underwater executioner

anemone

bloody block
where decapitated Sirens left
their serpenty locks

watering-can

anvil

sea cucumber
tanner’s
wormy
sack

the metallized
spring of
corals

oysters
chest of spit and of
pearls

medusa
mendicants’ umbrella
phosphorescent carousel
of
sea
horses

indomitable
seahorse

bate

carnivorous star…

green worm seaweed

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi 2020

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