English Nr. 145 Poezie

I didn’t imagine

Twenty years ago I met the Italian poet Vivian Lamarque at the monumental cemetery of Milan. I didn‘t even know that she was a poet and I either didn‘t imagine I would become a poet, too, one day. She was watering plants, taking care of graves which seemed to be abandoned or at least disregarded. She was filling a watering can from a fountain; in one hand she was holding garden shears. But the reason I remember her is that around her neck a pair of glasses were hanging from a glasses chain. It seemed odd to me to have glasses with a chain on a cemetery whilst lifting a watering can. I don’t know how I looked at her, but she smiled at me in a friendly way. Many years later, after I had become a poet, I saw a documentary in which she explained why she likes to be at the monumental cemetery and what makes her take care of the graves of strangers. I remember her because in the film one could see her on moving back and forth through grave stones exactly in the same way as she did when I met her. How long it took me to know who she was.

Illustration by Galya Popova

Despre autor

Marco Grosse

Marco Grosse, born in Buenos Aires in 1974 from German father and Italian mother, works as a writer, translator and teacher. Due to the diplomatic work of his father he lived in Canada, Egypt, Italy and Germany. He studied Law in Milan and in Bonn, pursuing with Linguistic and Cultural Mediation. In Italian language, he published the short story collections „I giardini imperiali”, De Ferrari, „2006” and „Pioggia”, De Ferrari, 2010. In German, he published a book with short stories titled „Die Grenze liegt am Horizont”, Bernstein-Verlag, 2013; the poem collections „Flügelkunde”, Horlemann Verlag, 2014; „Die Erschließung des Meeres”, MolokoPrint, 2016, „Flüsterndes Licht”, Haymon Verlag, 2017, a chain poem together with Nora Gomringer, Annette Hagemann, Ulrich Koch and Klaus Merz; and again a book with poems titled „Orte”, MolokoPrint, 2017.

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