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The Next Silence

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I gather my thoughts
bending a little
away from the wind

that clears skies
from darkness of clouds
the air is gold

colored tiny speckles
dancing away a tip
a tap one tip more

fingers tapping with
closed eyes
a dance suspended

draw me closer
to your rhythm before
the next silence

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Thirteen Ways Of Looking At a Poem – 5

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on mornings I walk
into the sun rising with each step
I type in words – they crowd around me
at dawn very few people are
around silence is bubbling

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Description of a Transition – Closing of the California Notebooks 02

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poetry is
the description
of a transition

the details

of a voyage
into new unknown
lands laying

beside us all along

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This is the poems that comes right before the last one in my new book “California Notebooks 02”, coming soon!! This one is almost at the end… the last poem is a surprise.

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Desert Life

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from among the metal bars
escape the road runners
from the golf fields

I shall follow the other band
of elderly retired – those
who drive further into

the desert to sit time
at hand to watch the
migratory birds being

stopped by no borders

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California Notebooks, 2016

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I sit squinting
my eyes amazed
once more how the
desert mountains
blend well into
the pale sky

you need to
love words for
them to jump up
at you I imagine
people will be
wanting to

know how
poetry works
how the wind in
the desert does
what also heat
does create

a haze to blend
us all in with land
and sky tender are
the colors now as
I wish blending
with his spirit

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Indian Wells, 2015

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from among the metal bars
escape the road runners
away from the golf fields

me wishing to follow the
band of elderly retiree
who drive further into

the desert to sit time
at hand to watch the
migratory birds being

stopped by no borders
unlimited beauty

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Small Update: California Notebooks, The Book, ENG/ITA

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English Text – La versione italiana è sotto la foto

Hello, hello (a song starts in my mind, actually a couple of songs, overlapping each other)… this is a small update to share with you the excitement about the book California Notebook coming out soon!

I’m doing some “sort of “ last minute countdown on the date the book will be available to all on the internet and on the best libraries! Being Italian this book had to be published in Italy, a country that loves approximations, and I myself I’m not a number lover, I must admit. I will make sure to tell you when that is.

Meanwhile, as God has his mysterious ways and the universe moves in spite of us, it turns out that I’ve been invited to launch my book by the Comune of Arcore, the city counsel of the small town I’m from, where I grew my wings before starting to fly all over the world. Isn’t this absolutely karmic? I got chills when I started to see the picture. We always start from the roots no matter how large into the clouds our branches are.

Hopefully those kids that grew up with me will show up and we’ll have some kind of planned from above reunion, yes, because my mom and I keep on running into people I’ve not seen in decades. My heart is overflowing. Shortly after I will leave my hometown to fly back to California to gather more inspiration and serenity, to breath deeply and to warm my bones in the sun.

Anyhow here is a little spoiler: the book will be filled with poetry on silence and the beauty of life, counting 80 poems! It will come out first as paperback then as hardback cover too and e-book. Not sure what your preferences are, if you let me know I’ll be delighted…
I’m so happy to be able to share this awesome book (so some of my super-fans say) with you. I will fill you in with details soon.

Dedicated to those people whose soul wants to rise and blossom.

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Small update: California Notebooks il libro

Hello, hello (una canzone parte nella mia testa, in effetti un paio si sovrappongono)… questo è un piccolo update per condividere con voi la mia felicità per l’uscita imminente del libro California Notebooks/Quaderni californiani!

Sto facendo una “specie di count-down” per la data di quando il libro sarà disponibile on line e nelle migliori librerie! Dico “specie” perché ben sappiamo che in Italia, dove ho pubblicato questo libro (essendo italiana non avevo scelta per questioni fiscali), si amano le approssimazioni su date e orari. Io stessa non sono molto precisa con i numeri, lo ammetto. Farò in modo di farvela sapere.

Nel frattempo, siccome Dio ha vie misteriose e l’universo continua a muoversi nonostante noi, salta fuori che il Comune di Arcore, paese da cui provengo, dove ho cresciuto le mie ali prima di volare in tutto il mondo, mi invita a fare il lancio del mio libro proprio lì. Non vi sembra assolutamente karmico? Mi è venuta la pelle d’oca quando ho cominciato a capire cosa stava succedendo. Si parte sempre dalle radici, indipendentemente da quanto alte nelle nuvole siano i nostri rami.

Spero che i ragazzini/e che sono cresciuti con me verranno e che avremo una specie di riunione organizzata dall’alto, sì, perché sia io che mia madre continuiamo ad incrociare persone che non avevo più visto da decadi. Il mio cuore è felice. Subito dopo volerò di nuovo in California per raccogliere nuova ispirazione e serenità, respirare a fondo e scaldarmi le ossa al sole.

Ad ogni modo ecco una piccola anticipazione: il libro sarà zeppo di poesie sul silenzio e sulla bellezza della vita, per essere esatti, 80 testi! Uscirà prima con la copertina morbida, poi rilegato e come e-book. Non sono sicura quali siano le vostre preferenze e mi piacerebbe saperle, scrivetemele, ve ne sarò grata…
Sono così felice di poter condividere con voi questo libro (come lo descrivono i miei super-fans) eccezionale. Vi aggiornerò presto con gli ultimi dettagli.

Dedicato a quelle persone la cui anima vuole crescere e fiorire.

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Photos by Michal Utterback

News and Update On California Notebooks

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News and Update On The California Notebooks

Hello every one, as some of you know California Notebook – the book – is soon to come out! Magic happens. It’s like you are in a big dark storm, yes – lately my life has been quite complicated – and all of a sudden you see that glimpse of light, that gold ray coming through. Wow.Desert pics close up watermarked copy
The project started with an unexpected trip to California, a couple of years ago, to the southern desert of the Coachella Valley, in the middle of the summer. Ah, was that a wise choice? Not to the plain mind but I followed my intuition. The heat and the light stroke me silent and I started to observe all that was around me, how my emotions were responding to it. Well, that is what a poet does, and I’ve been a poet for quite a while. I’ve also been a photographer for a long time and having taught photography for years I was now playing with vintage photographs. The desert was really photogenic, no doubt.

When I returned home to Italy I was changed and I could not stop thinking about the magic atmosphere I had just experienced. desert tripod smile smallI did some work at the Art Academy in Milan where I had been teaching, took care of my student’s fall semester exams, and took off again to California. You must know it’s a trend of mine, this one, to travel to chase the light that showers on foreign places, to collect photos of this miracle and then to set up some art shows in Italy. A few years earlier I started to combine poetry with photography and The London Hours turned out to be a great book. Some of the poems were published right here – on this blog – and were chosen for some video poetry and public performances.

Then many more collections followed, most of them published here on line, of the Italian Riviera light, of the French Riviera light, of some Italian lakes light and so on. I must admit Southern France had its spell on me for a long time. That is the land where the Impressionist drank the light in and came up with such innovations in art and it’s a photographer’s heaven. For several years I rented a studio on the coast and crossed the border that was not a border any longer. Now it’s the California Notebooks turn.

Trips unto silence, meditation and peace, basking in the boldest light. Walks into the desert and into one’s soul and memories. I know some people just don’t get it, but many of us do, considering the numbers of my beloved subscribers. Thank you for traveling this road with me! The life of an artist it’s fascinating and it’s also a destiny I believe. It’s not like I can walk away from it and do something else without feeling miserable because I’m trying a 9-5 job, with paid vacations and sick days. I work constantly and try to stay healthy, plus creating is like taking a trip toward a better life, mine and yours I hope. I love to enrich myself spiritually to be able to share with others.

BRIANZA BOOK FESTIVAL 2015 by Gianluca Carrara copySo, this summer I’ve grown a nice garden in Italy, did some good public readings on the California Notebooks in several places and walked up the impervious road of an elderly relative’s sickness. I never took a break, had no vacation, never visited my beloved Mediterranean sea once. Instead I’ve done a lot of planting, feeding and worked on the book; it will be a good one.

I will keep you posted on the progresses, meanwhile please let me hear from you, it will be nice. Are you rejoicing with me and will partake of this?

💫 Grateful you are enjoying what I share weekly, I love having you here!

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Places From The California Notebooks 2015

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poems come
as I walk

movement inspires
just as mental stillness

more that gut
wrenching rejection

poems come
as I walk and I do

not stop ever
pad out and up as

a mirror to my face
I write looking inside

I well know the path
outside trampled on

it so very often
it may look crazy

it may look maniac
it’s poetry flowing

breath keeping me
(alive)

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Nights From The California Notebooks 2015

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I could just imagine
the stars heaped up
behind the full moon

I could see them
scattered a geography
of the desert sky

some move my eyes
as across a landscape
an imagined horizon
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California Notebooks, Mornings, 2014

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early morning
every one works

to make the land
more beautiful

sprinklers sing
water jumping

up in the air
birds grooming

their songs
elderly women

with rolls walking
their poodles

old pick up trucks
filled with new

flowers to plant
slowly driving by

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