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Antonella Anedda, The Art of Poetry No. 109
Issue no. 234 (Fall 2020)
What is your earliest memory of poetry?
The first poem I ever heard was by Aleksandr Blok, on the radio in a small village in Sardinia. It’s an early work that begins, “Carried on the breeze, / the Spring’s music drifted from far, far away.” The poem was about space and wind—how the wind breaks open the clouds to reveal a strip of blue sky.