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#GloPoWriMo 2017 8 – in una capanna di bambù sulla riva di una spiaggia

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Lui le lesse ‘The Moor’ di Russell Banks.
Non fu la storia, anche se la storia è bella,
e non fu il modo in cui la lesse. L’accento
scozzese non riuscì a prendere gli americanismi.
I ‘sure’ e ‘yeah’ divennero parodie che
diedero ilarità ad una bellezza che non ne aveva bisogno.
Fu il fatto che lei si sdraiò con la sua testa
sul suo petto e lui sentì il rombo della propria
voce e una vibrazione di parole precedenti.
La storia che lesse finisce nella neve, e loro
rimangono immobili, ma cosa fare? Quanto possono
rimanere lì? Allore lui traccia disegni sulla
pelle di lei con le dita. E i disegni divennero
cerchi e i cerchi divennero parole e
queste azioni hanno la tendenza a progredire.
Le sollevò la maglietta oltre le spalle e
sappiamo tutti il resto. Ci sono corpi di ogni tipo.
Se siete fortunati troverete qualcuno la cui pelle
è una tela per la storia della vostra vita.
Scrivete bene. Prendetevi cura del battito sottostante.

[Originale in inglese di William Letford, ‘in a bamboo shack on the edge of a beach’]

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NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2016 30 – Teoria dell’impatto

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Sono le 4.13 del primo gennaio 2010. Le tende sono mezze tirate. La luna mi fa vedere la ragazza addormentata accanto a me, dandomi le spalle. Ha delle forme a stella tatuate lungo la spina dorsale. Ognuna più piccola della precedente, fino a che il vuoto sotto al piumone mi rende impossibile vederne altre. Ci siamo conosciuti stanotte. Con la punta delle dita misuro la distanza tra le prime due stelle. Poi la dimezzo, poi ancora, poi ancora. Perché l’infinito non è spazio e tempo, è un processo.

(Input da Napowrimo.net per oggi era di tradurre una poesia. Gioco in casa. Originale inglese di William Letford, ‘Impact Theory’ in Bevel.)

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On Finishing Things

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On Finishing Things

or, What I Think I Learned from Moving to a Different Country to Go To University

Be selfish. Because it won’t be enough to remember to take care of yourself. But also connect, to friends, to students, to colleagues, to staff, to people living around you. Be thankful for them, for their help, for their presence. Be thankful to your closest supporters, to your steam valves. Be kind. A little goes a long way, and you will feel much better for it.

Watch Liberal Arts, and prepare to scoff – but even so. Watch Whiplash and prepare to shudder – but even then. Watch Community, season one episode one, season five episodes one and two – watch it all, in fact. Watch Monsters University, despite it not being as good as Inc, and watch Inside Out [I’ll come back to emotions later, too]. Watch Dead Poets Society, if you feel you should, I suppose.

Learn to meditate, and breathe, and sleep. Learn to read as much as you want of anything you want, and that it’s ok to abandon it for a year if something else comes along. Learn to bingewatch with other people, and bingewatch alone. Learn to listen, but also to talk, and it doesn’t always have to be about that much.

Read Ali Smith’s Artful and Deborah Levy’s Things I Don’t Want to Know. Read William Letford’s Bevel and Marina Keegan’s The Opposite of Loneliness. Read Vaughan and Staples’ Saga and Luiselli and McSweeney’s Sidewalks. Read Comme un Roman, by Daniel Pennac (or by Sarah Ardizzone), or maybe Journal d’un Corps (or Diary of a Body, by Alison Waters). It helps to know your limits, of the page, of the body, and others have explored those edges. Read Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body, too, and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. Read Gillen and McKelvie’s The Wicked and the Divine and Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona.

Find something to become passionate about, and abolish the guilt from the pleasure. [Mine is Transformers, but you already knew that.] Be aware of what is flawed about your interests, do your best to come to terms with it and try changing it where possible. Learn from the mistakes it makes. This also applies to yourself.

Because what you must remember, what you need to make sure you never forget, is to have ambition (cue Atanas Valkov). To be curious (cue Melodysheep). To remember that emotions are allowed, they are natural, they are yours. Because being strong can be a weakness, and showing weakness can definitely be a strength. Accept both. Allow both. Get angry. Make it count (cue A Monster Calls).

You will cry. You will laugh. Sometimes there will be little difference between the two. You will feel lost as everyone is younger than you or looks trapped too early. You will meet people and they will leave, and you won’t. And then you will, too.

So take time to say goodbye. To say thank you. To say sorry.
And do it all with a smile, where you can.