August 9th – “This Happiness”: Poet Anne Greeott Reads Translations of Poems by Mario Luzi

Mario Luzi’s typewriter

You are cordially invited to a reading by translator and Fulbright scholar Anne Greeott.  This is a chance to welcome Anne back to Seattle from Florence, Italy, where she has spent the last nine months translating the poetry of Mario Luzi.

Sunday, August 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Free and open to the public (there will be a donation jar for refreshments so that we can give our friends at Gallery 1412 a cut of the gate)

It is always a joy to have Anne back with us in Seattle, and so here is a translation of hers, appropriately titled “This Happiness”:

This Happiness

This happiness promised or given

is grief for me, grief without cause

or the cause if one exists is this trembling

that stirs the many in the one

like the liquid churning

in the fortune teller’s crystal ball.

Still I say: so far so good.

All around objects and images

wage war against it, over all of it falls

or lifts either night or the seamless

snow of memory.

[Questa felicità

Questa felicità promessa o data

m’è dolore, dolore senza causa

o la causa se esiste è questo brivido

che sommuove il molteplice nell’unico

come il liquido scosso nella sfera

di vetro che interpreta il fachiro.

Eppure dico: salva anche per oggi.

Torno torno le fanno guerra cose

e immagini su cui cala o si leva

o la notte o la neve

uniforme del ricordo.]

Anne Greeott’s translations have appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Italian Poetry Review, Journal of Italian Translation, Atticus Review, and are forthcoming in World Literature Today, Poetry Northwest, and Gradiva. In 2014, she received a Fulbright grant to research and translate the poetry of Mario Luzi in Florence, Italy. She holds an MA in Italian from Middlebury College and is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing and literary translation at the University of Arkansas.

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