"Poesie per aria"
by Chiara Carminati, illustrations by Clementina Mingozzi, Publisher Topipittori, 2009
Anyone who has met Chiara Carminati in person will understand, without hesitations, the reasons of my deep esteem, personal first of all and artistic of course, for this wonderful writer.
Chiara is like her poems: playful, joyful, light as breeze and deep, intense, of a density that strikes and refreshes at the same time. Her ability to play with words is, I believe, characteristic to those people who have in their inner a score that plays constantly: a music deeply connected to their soul.
Once again, in this beautiful book, Chiara gifts us with her great talent, with the generosity of which she is able: without savings. It is so rare to find people capable of such a 'elan and it would be a real shame to renounce to this book.
I hope that Chiara, and her publishers, won't blame me if I post a small shortcut of one of her poems here below: I believe it's important that you read her words, instead of mine, to fully get what I mean and - even if the bit won't be translated into English - I am sure you will enjoy the sound!
L'aria e' fiato, soffio e brezza
sulle guance ti accarezza.
L'aria gonfia, svela, spinge
con le nuvole dipinge
fischia e schiocca tra le fionde
si riposa sulle onde.
The illustrations by Clementina Mingozzi are following poems with discretion, with sober linearity, completing them without being invasive.
For those who would like to get to know Chiara better, here is her site: http://www.parolematte.it/