TWO POEMS by Anny Ballardini

Like a nocturnal butterfly

Oil draws thick embroideries on darker surfaces

The sea glues in birds / Vomits dead fishes

A black floating glove suffocating / stilling

Whirling up / Earth’s deadly geometries

Swallow up / down _ all life


nobody sees,

the same with wars sometimes on screens some blood, some spots floating on the infinitely liquid extent fragmented in the moving blinding twinkling

distanced it does not touch, a sketch for Saint Thomas_ can’t believe till we get a grip on the scene

seized with skew-whiff news skiagramed from different shots

like corporate greed, like fear, like hunger, like manipulations, like harassment, invisible hands sizzling

caught from somewhere unseen, unexpected, first the assault, then the indefatigable destroying siege

sec by sec, interminably, patient their strength, continuous your ruin their victory

winning with oil freely spilling

with blood pouring out

with greed letting you grieve

with paralyzing fear

with manipulation that has you prostrate and stunned

with harassment: caged out I am _without parole

see the slaughter at the
Tokyo fish market 1

see the slaughter skidding

see the slaughter

see the



[1] It becomes even more difficult if you are a vegetarian or a vegan and believe in different coordinates.


Anny Ballardini lives in Bolzano, Italy.  She grew up in New York, lived in New Orleans, Buenos Aires, Florence.  A poet, translator and interpreter (simultaneous interpreter for English, French, Italian), she received her MFA in Creative Writing from UNO, University of New Orleans, Chair and Director Bill Lavender. She teaches high school; edits Poets’ Corner – Fieralingue, an online poetry site; and writes a blog: Narcissus Works. Besides various full length publications of translations, to be mentioned are her two collections of poems, Opening and Closing Numbers, published by Moria Editions, Editor Bill Allegrezza, 2005; and Ghost Dance in 33 Movements published by Otoliths Press, Editor Mark Young, 2009. For a detailed CV see here:

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