RETURN TO BOCCA DI MAGRA
The ugly voices of mermaids
keep us far from the beach
and the coffee at the kiosk
is cold, almost tasteless.
Muted, from the receiver
their words keep the dead as
unknown as before. Voiceless, we will
not return to the beach of the dead.
Flies hover on tainted seaweed
amassed in disorderly piles
your accents lose their variations
in a tangle of cuttlefish bones.
Federica Santini holds a Laurea in Modern Literatures from the University of Siena and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCLA. She is Professor of Italian and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. Her poetry, literary criticism, and poetry translations have appeared in many venues in the US and Italy, including Italian Culture, Tint Journal, Il verri, JIT, Snapdragon, and for the University of Toro