Antonino Caponnetto was born in 1950 in the Sicilian city of Catania (Italy). Since 1981 he lives in Mantua. His most recent poetic collections are: “Agonies of the Light” (2015), “The Necessary Dream” (2017), “Before Anything Else” (2018). For Pellicano cultural association he directed the international series Poetry by the Planet, where he edited the first publication in Italian of the poems by the Romanian poetess Elena Liliana Popescu and by the Kosovar poet Fahredin Shehu, as well as he was the translator of an anthology of poems by the Colombian poet Fernando Rendón. He currently collaborate on the new series Unusual and Imaginary Unpublished of the Project October in Poetry.
FIRST MEMORY: THE SKY’S LIGHT BLUE…
First memory: the sky’s light blue.
Then many faces with a friendly look,
faces tanned by the sun, smile at the child.
Childhood and youth, eternal time
of my ancient land and of an enormous,
borderless at that time, summer.
In the orange grove, I touched lightly
the shimmering, green leaves.
I bear in me that locked away
summer in my life.
Other summers, other places and battles
to be aware of myself among others.
But my staying in the world
is in that eternal summer.
In the colors of the sea, deep chasm swallowing
as a ravenous ogre the bodies of the runaways,
in the colors of the sky lies that eternal
summer, only as the soul’s peace is
for those who die by water.
In the light that blinds
the pupil of the alive.
RISE, SON, IT’S DAYTIME…
Rise, son, it’s daytime
See? The future is right here and now
You are alive, free
and you’ll die as the poet says
of life and not of time
so wear sturdy shoes
welcome in your bag
the little you will need
it’s time to leave
Let’s go, let’s go, son
(English Translations by Alessandra Bava)