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Islands Do Float

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after decades spent
in the seriousness of being
pondering judging achieving

fastening my seat belt
to the land of lightness
where islands do float

as all my thoughts
in enchanted bliss
here silently I’m

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This poem appears in the first volume of the “California Notebooks”.

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Step 1 of 13 Ways Of Writing A Poem

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there are times when
a poem you read doesn’t
make any sense where
you suddenly realize how
nice it is to be lost

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Step 2 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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sometimes you are just
walking minding your own
business when something almost
invisible floats in front of you

usually a bit on the side not exactly
in front you need to pay attention
and gently pick the poem
out of the air

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Step 3 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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just as bunny rabbits
at dusk poems show up
and while you stand
with your mouth open or
an enchanted smile
they rush away

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Step 4 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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at times when I plant
basil such a delicate plant
I’ve to be careful to synchronize
my breath while I gently press
the dirt around as when
words sprout on paper

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Step 5 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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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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Step 7 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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some people sit and read
the program but do not pay
attention to the music or the tempo
they do not single out instruments
they need punctuation in poetry
prose in the shape of a column

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

I fiori e le api

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Sunday posts are dedicated to Italian Poetry

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ogni fiore ha la sua
ape che per un tempo lo abbraccia
e lo deruba eppure si dona

serenamente non un fiore
scappa via alcuni cadono
nel canale l’acqua

scorre lenta scorre alta

quella degli irrigatori
dipingono un arcobaleno
nell’aria per me che

ho una vita più breve della loro

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Tuesday Poems will be in English as usual.

Sì, la domenica le poesie saranno in italiano!

Poesia tratta da “California Notebooks” in vendita da Feltrinelli.

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Step 8 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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some dreams are infinite it takes
but a few words to evoke those

emotions are a whole sea of waves
useless to separate them to make
some sense just a few words
can take you to sea free the page

among waves and winds
let the reader fly

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

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Step 9 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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I’ve tried to explain
how the whites around
the words are so important
to me those silences I caress
on paper breaths spaces
make the poem

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

 

Bambina

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Sunday’s posts are dedicated to Italian Poetry

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ninfea dei boschi
ti sembravo e ti dissi no
avevo i capelli corti
e pantaloncini

nulla sembrava
fluire con il vento se non
gambe e braccia
lunghe e il sorriso biondo

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Tuesday Poems will be in English as usual.

Sì, la domenica le poesie saranno in italiano!

Step 10 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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have you been to that quiet corner
in your house when you shut out
all the superficial chatter where
you are the spirit of poetry

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

Step 11 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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there’s a pace you need
to let your soul reach where
there will be no more war inside
of you nor anger where you bow
kindly and poetry welcomes you

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

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Step 12 of 13 Ways Of Looking At A Poem

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Cloud have covered the whole
day slowing down my rhythm
I walk as barefoot on carpet
placing words carefully
dozing off a bit hanging
poetic moments behind my eyes

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After Wallace Stevens poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

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