Absolute Threshold

ABSOLUTE THRESHOLD

by Federico Ferrario

Vision. Only if the night is clear
and the gaze is serene
they say you can see
to the other side of the Channel,
or from Belfast a flame in the dark
upon the sands of Scotland. Yet no further.
But a loved face is present in every place
and those who have seen it vanish
into the crowd of another country
have learned the distances of love.

Touch. Lying are those who claim they know not
who they love when their body
knows all
even before a kiss,
before the brush of their hand on the other’s,
and then, eyes shut, they discover
with their lips a moan,
where the skin is thinner and intense
is the knowledge of the senses.

Taste. Of all the farewells, those wept for,
those never bid, those received huddled together
in the rain, as always,
diluted in their words
into more than ten or a hundred or an entire river
of days
which are not enough to erase the taste
of you.

Smell. One single drop in the volume
of a whole house, this is my plight
if each room is my life
of daydreams, and you
the perfume.

Hearing. If the ticking of a watch is a slight sound,
the nuance of your voice is slighter
when you finally say: I love you.
As if in those words three different songs were held and different words too
– of excitement, love and fear –
which only I can hear.

(English translation by Lisa J. Francescon)


Meet the Author: Federico Ferrario.

I am sci fi and fantasy writer, on my debut novel with “The Dragon Sellers”.

I currently live in Milan, Italy, where I wrote three more novels and a book of poems, which still have to be translated into English.
I keep poetry in my heart and philosophy on my tongue (unfortunately, the brain is empty).

I love Jack Vance, Česlav Milosz, and I hate broccoli (so glad that I don’t like them, coz broccoli really sucks).
I am a star lover and a cosmist philosopher, the last of my kind.

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Don’t forget to check out The Dragon Seller!

As the Drought of the Century hits the United States, legendary creatures appear on Earth: Dragons.

Like one of the famous commercials says: “Thanks to advancements in genetic engineering, Dragons are finally out of myth, and in your local pet stores!
From playful Outbacks to unpredictable jade Tangs, these little dragons usually don’t burn much, they love fruit and don’t molest young virgins.
But they are still monsters, and Jack Ports knows this very well.
He sells all kinds of varieties in his Flight Garden, including the most dangerous of all: the American Mustang, a species of battle dragon created by a failed experiment of the U.S. Navy.

Dumped by his fiancee before the wedding and short on cash, Jack just wants to put his life back together, but after a colleague mysteriously disappears, he finds himself with a dragon egg of unknown origins.
Set on raising it, Jack discovers that the egg contains a primus, the first dragon of a new species, whose genes hide a secret that many men are looking for.

And some are willing to kill to have it.

You can read a sample of The Dragon Seller HERE, or buy a COPY HERE.