Books by the same author
Michele Colafato /from Mutuazioni e sconnivenze 1'15
| Poems from the book Mutuazioni
e sconnivenze by Michele Colafato
(Written directly in English by the author)
THE SAME BAND
"I hope it does..." she said,
Barefooted in the cold night,
From the first sight,
THE FERRY BOAT
Without breaking a wave
Awaken—in the silence
ONLY IF YOU WISH TO DIE
it's not a matter
Michele Colafato was born bilingual, Italian and Arbëresh, in a village set among fields of wheat and olive trees on the Adriatic coast of Italy, whose name Portocannone (from "Për Kanun"—where Kanun is nothing less than the all embracing oral law of the ancient Albanians, the Shqiptarë) is linked by an iron chain to the roots and strongly prescriptive ethos of the Albanian fugitives who founded it when fleeing from the Balkans who were marching into their old homeland under the shadow of the Ottoman Empire.
After a period of intense activism in Italy in the late sixties and seventies, Colafato travelled across many countries, continents and people. Amongst his published works are a book of interviews with Fiat workers, a book of essays about Ivo Andric, Ismail Kadarè and Flannery O'Connor, a biography of Mostar, the old city of the bridge in Bosnia-Hercegovina, a collection of essays about prayers and praying in different religious traditions. In the early eighties he spent two years on Californian soil experiencing in English a sense of openness and inner fluency never before known in his native languages. The poems reproduced here are among a group originally written in English and later translated into Italian.
He is married, has four children and teaches Sociology of Religions at the University of Rome, La Sapienza.
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