Sara Elena Rossetti teaches English and translates works from English into Italian. She has collaborated on translations of poems by Christina Rossetti, including Goblin Market and The Prince’s Progress. She is also an actor and has worked on various theatre and film projects. Her poem Intorno, illustrated by Alessandro Verdi, was published in 2013. Arcobaleno Rainbow (originally Nell’arco di un baleno) is her first poetry collection.
You can see her new videopoem here:
What is your colour?
While I was writing this collection, I often thought about the importance of colours in our lives and about how colours often have an impact on our emotions and behaviour. We could represent the events of our lives through a diary of colours, using the strokes of contrasting shades.
We sometimes feel blue; we see red; we are tickled pink or colourless; but most of all we are a mix of the different hues that create our personal life.
Arcobaleno Rainbow is an attempt to express thoughts and emotions, writing through this array of colours.
I’d love to know something about your favourite colours and favourite verses and receive any kind of comments and advice.
Many thanks for reading!
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This is delicately written poetry by a young Italian writer. The poems are divided into sections based on the colours of the rainbow. The English translation appears alongside each Italian poem. Readers will be able to appreciate the original cadence; rhythm and rhyme of each poem in the Italian language whilst at the same time better understand the meaning of the words.
Where is Rainbow going?
Arcobaleno – Rainbow was born in 2013 and since then it has followed its own distinctive path, displaying a very independent character and even if it is still a baby, it seems determined to continue going around the world and meeting others.
Its creation was immensely joyful for many reasons. It was published in 2013 in a bilingual edition by Patricia Borlenghi of Patrician Press (and with the help of readers, Martin Johnson, Anna Galvani and Jean Akam). And its colourful cover was painted by Charlie Johnson. You can admire his works here:
In Spring 2014 Arcobaleno – Rainbow was presented in Milan at Galleria Eroici Furori and in London at Treadwell’s Bookshop, alongside other Patrician Press titles. Various poems have been read in Milan on several other occasions, for instance, at Har Baje and at La Casa delle Culture del Mondo in a music performance, together with songwriter Giovanni De Cillis.
In 2013 a beautiful small book was also published by Edizioni Pulcinoelefante, using part of a poem from Arcobaleno Rainbow, entitled Fil Rouge. Roberto Bernasconi collaborated and created a very elegant design and layout. The book was printed in 25 copies in Osnago using the magic movable type printer at Alberto Casiraghi’s studio.
The red thread is
It ties us together: only in one moment are
We might never see it
or see it more than once.
It ties us all and is made
of thick red wool.
She whispered it in my ear
I think it important
we don’t tell anyone else.
Fil rouge was also mentioned in Vanessa Aloise’s degree thesis about Edizioni Pulcinoelefante.
If you are interested you can find some more books by Edizioni Pulcinoelefante here:
Then in 2014 one poem, The tablecloth, was used by director and playwright Rino Cacciola for the show: Jack and the magic plant (adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk) performed by Favola di Mattoni with sets by Nicola Console. The poem was set to music by Cacciola himself and beautifully sung by actress Sandra Manzo.
Let it fly off
let it go for a walk
this mad wish
fly up to tomorrow’s sky
and come back full of breath
come and visit us
with great napkins
and great strong thoughts
we will use to lay our table!
This year there has been other good news. Some poems were read in Vernasca and in Milan. Furthermore, an English teacher, Margherita Fretto, is using some poems from Arcobaleno Rainbow for her classes at Liceo delle Scienze Umane B. Russell in Garbagnate Milanese. Soon, Arcobaleno is also flying to Texas, where Caterina Ziliani, Italian teacher, is going to use it to teach Italian to her pupils at Bellaire High School in Bellaire.
Last but not least, Arcobaleno – Rainbow has received some great reviews. I really would like to thank David Hart, Rachel Stirling and Margherita Zanoletti who have written their own impressions and reflections about the collection and, though each in a different and personal way, have underlined some important aspects about the poems:
Sara Elena Rossetti October 2015