Emanuel Carnevali

(December 4, 1897 - January 11, 1942 / Italy)

Emanuel Carnevali Poems

1. Queer Things 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Emanuel Carnevali

Queer Things

One nostril means latin,
The other means greek.

My legs will be
little steel rods,
which will continue
trotting after
I am dead.

My arms are
two useless limbs
when I stand on my head,
(Which 1 never do).

My mouth, too often open,
will be my despair -
clogged and sputtering
and drivelling, -
when I'll be very old
(which will never be)

I hate my head
My rotting head
which will never fall of itself
like any decent pear.
It has the intention
of flying up to the sky,
but it will always trail in the dust:
eating ...

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