"A Dream of Italy" by Robert S. Duncanson‘Questatements’ by Alessio Zanelli The Society July 15, 2018 Beauty, Humor, Poetry 11 Comments If seasons pass too fast you’d better run. If they proceed too slow indulge in fun. Sunups are best enjoyed in days of cold. Sundowns when heat waves linger fierce and bold. Old age returns all that you thought was lost. Except perennial snow and springtime frost. Dost thou remember some of William’s verse? The Proverbs telling what to bless or curse? Worse lines are surely jotted down today. And yet the ink invades the page to stay. Alessio Zanelli is an Italian poet who writes in English and whose work has appeared in over 150 literary journals from 13 countries. He has published 4 full collections to date, most recently Over Misty Plains (Indigo Dreams, UK, 2012). For more information please visit www.alessiozanelli.it. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 11 Responses Joseph Tessitore July 15, 2018 Very cool, and by a paisan’ to top it off! Reply Alessio Zanelli November 12, 2018 Thank you Joseph. Reply Dave Whippman July 15, 2018 Neat, observant couplets. Reply Alessio Zanelli November 12, 2018 Thank you Dave. Reply J. Simon Harris July 15, 2018 I really like this poem, especially the last two couplets. It’s very simple and beautiful. I’m not crazy about the title, though. Reply Alessio Zanelli November 12, 2018 Thank you Simon! You’re not crazy about the title, but the title is crazy :)) Forgive me, I like to invent crases every now and then. Ciaoooooo… Reply C.B. Anderson July 16, 2018 Alessio, I’ve read your poems over many years now, and I notice that you can shift into formalism as the mood takes you. Formal or not, your work is always very clean, which is not unusual in persons who write outside their birth language, for example Nabokov & Conrad. I wonder why this is. I might also cite Karl Popper, who managed to write some of the most lucid philosophical books ever to be printed in English. Reply Alessio Zanelli November 12, 2018 Hi, I really wouldn’t know why… I’m completely self-taught in English, and I’ve been writing English poetry since the mid-1980s. Also, I’ve read a lot of English poetry (American, British, Irish…). Probably, writers in a second language feel or perceive the syntax and the semantics of the language they use differently to mother-tongue writers. For such writers, like me, it is quite difficult to manage diction and idioms, but sometimes, as you said, what we come up with can sound “very clean”. Thank you. Ciaoooo…. Reply Alessio Zanelli November 12, 2018 Hi, I wouldn’t know why… Maybe, writers using a second language like me feel and perceive the language they use differently to mother-tongue writers. We may be in trouble with diction and idioms, but as you said we can come up with something “very clean”. Ciaoooo… Alessio Reply Leo Yankevich July 17, 2018 I have come late to this; forgive me for being remiss in saying: enjoyed. Bravo! Reply Alessio Zanelli November 12, 2018 Thank you Leo! Reply Leave a Reply to Alessio Zanelli Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.