Writers’ Cafe in Rome: Take 2 (Caffè della scala)

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Image by Adam Croft. Click to visit his blog.

It’s that time again. Tomorrow, I will be hosting the Writers’ Cafe at Caffè della scala on Via della scala (4) in Trastevere. Event is from 6PM to 8PM.  Hope you can make it out! 🙂

 

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Valentine’s Day? Don’t Say “I Love You.” Say Something Else (In Italian).

image and poem by D. Blake

image and poem by D. Blake

Hmm…It’s Valentine’s Day. I’ve yet to venture outside to witness the parade of couples flaunting their love–no, I’m not bitter or anything like that. 😉  I simply don’t celebrate many special (any) days.

Still, I thought I would do my part by sharing some words in Italian and Englishi that, were I in a relationship, I would use instead of having to say “I love you.”

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

D.

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*Yes, I made a decision not to use the imperative in the first line, which would have been: Amore, non legarmi alle parole piccole…

I’m still undecided whether or not I will change it. 🙂

Cercarle

Amore, non mi leghi alle parole piccole,
insensate, indefinibili, ma inebrianti.
Le parole volano, ne sai, quando sono parlate.

Invece di cercarle nella voce mia,
cercarle nel mio comportamento,
cercarle nei miei taciti pensieri,
cercarle nel mio cuore che batte ogni respiro
fino alla prossima volta quando ci incontriamo,

e cercarle in questi occhi che non ne avranno mai
abbastanza di vederti e vogliono bruciare
l’immagine di te nell’anima mia per l’eternità.

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Another version:

 

Basic Translation 

Search for them

My love, do not bind me with little words,
meaningless, indefinable, but intoxicating.
You know that spoken words are fleeting.

Instead of searching for them in my voice,
search for them in my behaviour,
search for them in my unspoken thoughts,
search for them in my heart that beats each breath
until when next we meet,

and search for them in these eyes that will never have
enough of seeing you and want to burn
your image within my soul for all eternity.

Writers’ Cafe at Meccanismo in Piazza Trilussa (Rome)

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I’ve decided to begin a writers’ social in the early evenings on Thursdays.  Ideally, it will become a space for writers (any genre) of all levels to share their thoughts about writing and their personal work, provide support and inspiration for each other.

Hopefully, we can make this into a community. 🙂

If you are in Rome, hope to see you on Thursday at Meccanismo in Piazza Trilussa!

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Best,

D.

25 Sept 2014 | Book Presentation & Reading by Caleb Crain of Necessary Errors

In Rome? Join me for this event!

JCU // Creative Writing Workshop

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A Book Presentation and Reading by Caleb Crain:

Sponsored by the JCU Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014,  6:30-8:00 PM

WHERE: Aula Magna Regina – Guarini Campus

The Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation in collaboration with the United States Embassy and the LGBT Alliance Club will be sponsoring a presentation and reading of Caleb Crain‘s debut novel,Necessary ErrorsThe novel has already been praised as “one of the year’s best books” by the Wall Street Journal.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A session, as well as a panel discussion featuring Mr. Crain,Professor Carlos Dews,representatives of the LGBT Alliance Club, Mr. Andrea Maccarrone, Chairman of Rome’s Circolo Mario Mieli, and Federica Aceto, the novel’s translator.

RSVP: cwinstitute@johncabot.edu

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