Summer

By Carlo Betocchi 1899–1986 Carlo Betocchi

Translated By Geoffrey Brock Read the translator's notes

And it grows, the vain
summer,
even for us with our
bright green sins:

behold the dry guest,
the wind,
as it stirs up quarrels
among magnolia boughs

and plays its serene
tune on
the prows of all the leaves—
and then is gone,

leaving the leaves
still there,
the tree still green, but breaking
the heart of the air.

Carlo Betocchi, Tutte le poesie, © Garzanti Editore spa, 1996.

Source: Poetry (March 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the March 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

March 2010

Biography

Carlo Betocchi led a double life, working for decades as a surveyor and engineer building bridges, roads, and canals, while helping to found the influential literary journal, Il Frontespizio. His Tutte le poesie (Complete poems) appeared in 1984.

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SUBJECT Living, Separation & Divorce, Time & Brevity, Nature, Summer

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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