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Pier Paolo Pasolini

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Pier Paolo Pasolini was born on March 5, 1922, in Bologna, Italy. He was a film director and a poet. Some of his collections include La meglio gioventù (1954) and Poesia in forma di rosa (1964). Pasolini died in 1975.

by this poet

Desert flower, flowers from the garland
of our houses where families
bicker in the open air,

you browse on the stones of the day,
simple, while field and sky 
like sky and sea 
appear all around.

Rustic desert flower,

no evening streaming with lights.

No shepherds drenched by dew,

slender fire of the hedges

translated by Brandon Brown 

so I came to the days of the Resistance
I didn’t know anything but style
it was a style made totally of light
memorable recognition
of sun. It could never fade
not even for an instant
even as Europe trembled
on its deadliest evening