“Se la concentrazione è il primo dono dello stile”…A una lumaca e Bird-Witted di Marianne Moore nel giorno del suo compleanno (con testi originali e una lettura dell’autrice)

A UNA LUMACA

Se “la concentrazione è il primo dono dello stile”,
tu la possiedi. La contrattilità è una virtù,
così come modestia è una virtù.
Non già l’acquisizione di una cosa qualsiasi
capace di adornare,
o la qualità incidentale che per avventura
si accompagni a qualcosa di ben detto,
non questo apprezziamo nello stile,
ma il principio nascosto:
nell’assenza di piedi, “un metodo di conclusioni”;
“una conoscenza di princìpi”,
nel curioso fenomeno della tua antenna occipitale.

Marianne Moore (Kirkwood, 15 novembre 1887 – New York City, 5 febbraio 1972) poetessa del Modernismo, scrittrice, editrice statunitense.

da Marianne Moore, Le poesie a c. di G. Forti e L. Angioletti, Adelphi

***

To A Snail

If ‘compression is the first grace of style’,
you have it. Contractility is a virtue
as modesty is a virtue.
It is not the acquisition of any one thing
that is able to adorn,
or the incidental quality that occurs
as a concomitant of something well said,
that we value in style,
but the principle that is hid:
in the absence of feet, ‘a method of conclusions’
‘a knowledge of principles’,
in the curious phenomenon of your occipital horn.

from Collected Poems

© Roberto Kusterle, Riti del corpo (fotografia)

***

BIRD-WITTED

With innocent wide penguin eyes, three
large fledgling mockingbirds below
the pussy-willow tree,
stand in a row,
wings touching, feebly solemn,
till they see
their no longer larger
mother bringing
something which will partially
feed one of them.

Toward the high-keyed intermittent squeak
of broken carriage springs, made by
the three similar, meek-
coated bird’s-eye
freckled forms she comes; and when
from the beak
of one, the still living
beetle has dropped
out, she picks it up and puts
it in again.

Standing in the shade till they have dressed
their thickly filamented, pale
pussy-willow-surfaced
coats, they spread tail
and wings, showing one by one,
the modest
white stripe lengthwise on the
tail and crosswise
underneath the wing, and the
accordion
is closed again. What delightful note
with rapid unexpected flute
sounds leaping from the throat
of the astute
grown bird, comes back to one from
the remote
unenergetic sun-
lit air before
the brood was here? How harsh
the bird’s voice has become.

A piebald cat observing them,
is slowly creeping toward the trim
trio on the tree stem.
Unused to him
the three make room-uneasy
new problem.
A dangling foot that missed
its grasp, is raised
and finds the twig on which it
planned to perch. The

parent darting down, nerved by what chills
the blood, and by hope rewarded-
of toil-since nothing fills
squeaking unfed
mouths, wages deadly combat,
and half kills
with bayonet beak and
cruel wings, the intellectual cautious-
ly creeping cat.

from Marianne Moore, Complete poems

http://library.globalchalet.net/Authors/Poetry%20Books%20Collection/Marianne%20Moore%20-%20Complete%20Poems.pdf

MARIANNE MOORE reads Bird-Witted

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