Read and listen to the poem “blue monarch” by Genny Lim

Genny Lim is an American poet, playwright and performer, born in San Francisco in 1946. She has written several collections of poetry and plays, and has collaborated with CBS News as a journalist. You visited Campania in 2017 and 2019 to present yours poetry.

Lim is the author of the poetry collections Winter Place (1989), Child of War (2003), and Paper Gods and Rebels (2013); the book for children Wings for Lai-Ho (1982); e le opere teatrali Paper Angels (1978) e Bitter Cane (1989), tra le altre.

Her work appears in The Politics of Life: Four Plays by Asian American Women (1993), Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States (1995), and Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island (1980).

Lim is the winner of the 1981 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 1982 he founded a theater company, Paper Angels Productions, now known as Theater XX, a company that brings scene experimental theatre.

Lim taught at New College of California and his papers are held at UC Santa Barbara.


blue monarch by Genny Lim
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Let's read together

blue monarch

Se spalanchi gli occhi
you can see the Blue Monarch
flying in the jagged breeze

It will take you to a cloud
and you will soar on its wings
and you will go up to the sky

You will feel the heat
the sun and the pastures
grazed in the summer when
you will look at the blue sky and grasp
your reflection in a glance

Just close your eyes
to avoid the nets
abandon the vigil
and be reborn every day
like the Blue Monarch with
the world that flies on its wings

Translation by Raffaella Marzano

original version

Blue monarch

If you open your eyes wide
you can see the Blue Monarch
flitting through the jagged breeze

She'll carry you off on a cloud
and you'll soar on her wings
and rise to heaven

You will feel the heat
of the sun and the grazed
pastures of summer when you
look into blue sky and catch
your reflection at a glance

Just squint your eyes
to evade the nets
Abandon the wake
to be reborn every day
like the Blue Monarch with
the floating world on her wings

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