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This poem is taken from PN Review 164, Volume 31 Number 6, July - August 2005.

Three Poems (translated by John Gallas) Pier Paulo Pasolini


Heading For Caracalla's Hotbaths

Heading for Caracalla's Hotbaths -
teen friends, astride
Rumis, Ducatis, man-modest,
man-cocky, coolly hiding
and showing the secret
of their hardons
in their warm trouser-rucks...
with curly hair and jumpers
the colour of now, they open
the night in an endless
carousel, penetrating night,
cool lords of the night...

Heading for Caracalla's Hotbaths -
a shepherd, stiff-chested, like
he was on his own Apennine hillslopes,
...


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