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By Valerio Magrelli Valerio Magrelli

Translated By Jamie McKendrick

Let us honor the topmost banner
fluttering over the kingdom of commodities—
the encoded soul of price
rose of the name and name of the rose,
bundle of stems, fasces
of tendons and veins—
wrist on which
to auscultate
the pulse of money.

Source: Poetry (December 2007).


This poem originally appeared in the December 2007 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2007
 Valerio  Magrelli


Valerio Magrelli is a professor of French literature at the University of Cassino and a frequent contributor to the cultural pages of several Italian dailies. He is the author of four prize-winning poetry collections, and his poems have been translated into English, French, Spanish,and a number of other languages.

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