Contemporary World Literature Poetry from Italy
Five Poems by Antonia Petrone
Antonia Petrone, an American Italian poetess writes with pen name Tonia Poetry. Her country of origin is Yonkers New York – USA- Currently living in Italy. She speaks and writes in English and Italian.
Antonia was born and lived in Yonkers, New York till 1979, when she moved to Italy with her family to start anew. Learning a new language and living in a new cultural environment was not easy at 14.
“Italy is an extremely beautiful country and I fell in love with it. I started writing poems from a young age in English and for a long period I never published my works. I loved to read Emily Dickinson and her great love for nature. I treasured Walt Whitman and his love for his mother country, America, my own,” she says.
“Then in Italy I began to read and to love poets like Giacomo Leopardi, learning my first Italian poem by heart, “L’infinito”, probably my favorite. As well as Cesare Pavese, so nostalgic like me,” she told Sindh Courier.
“I began writing poems in Italian as well and in 2015, I decided to participate in a Poetry Contest with a poem I had written for my father, who passed away in 2012, called “Tu e il Mare” (You and the Sea). We both loved the see and I loved him so.”
She published in a couple of Poetry editions with other poets in Italian. With Pagine in Rome: Tracce (2015), Voci Versate (2018) e M’illumino d’immenso (2019). In March 2020 she published my first Kindle collection: Poetry Corner di Antonia Petrone. In December, “Le Poesie di Antonia” her first collection of all her poems till date in Italian with pictures.
“I am now finally preparing for publication in English: “Antonia’s Poetry Garden” a collection of other poems thought and written in English till date that will also contain many of my Italian poems translated in English,” she said.
Antonia organizes events of Poetry and Art in her home town, Rivoli. She is a Literary Judge for UWPP (Unity World Peace Poets) and also works in Italy as a Translator and Interpreter. She also translates books from Italian to English.
Having a very nice voice in English, Antonia also recites poetry in Italy and at times post these on YouTube and Facebook.
She wants reaching out to this wonderful world of poetry more and more.
Antonia Petrone can be accessed at E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are five of her poems that are part of her collection.
All of a sudden
You have that special
Someone in your mind,
Your heart is already full
And feels a blissful joy
The mind is unaware,
But the heart safely preserves.
At the very moment
The mind realizes
What the heart is feeling
It sneaks behind and eyes,
Till the heart overflows
Like a champagne flute.
Only then the mind
Can reveal its delight
And toast with the heart.
Beauty in the wild
Breathe pure nature in the wild
Touch the warmth of the earth
Listen carefully to the birds chanting
Taste the sweetness once ripe
Draw a picture in your mind
Set your colors free, let go
Dream till you see it all flourish
Bloom and let the beauty out
Shall I admire you from afar?
Shall I not bleed from your thorns?
Nor be caressed by your soft petals?
Only to capture your beauty while you grow
Tall and slender in the midst of nature
Shall I not touch you to not suffer?
The pains of watching you wither and fall
Yes, I shall let you be, so you can cast
Your bright and true colors upon me
A delight for the eyes to see
Venice the Queen
Still high you stand
Queen of the sea
Of thy waters
When your moist is calm
You let us taste your beauty,
Your sublime and pure love
When pain moves within you
Your spirit goes wild,
You became refuge for lovers
That beseeched your company.
You defended your body
From those trying
To conquer your beauty,
And put you to your knees.
And now you stand
On your rightful throne,
Surrounded by the lovers
And artists of the world
Those only want to touch you
Depict you and love you.