Antonino Provenzano (1944 - )
Antonino Provenzano was born in Castellammare del Golfo on July 24, 1944. He now lives on Long Island and is the owner of a men's hair salon in the heart of Manhattan, where impromptu Sicilian poetry readings often take place at the insistence of his friends. He is active in promoting Sicilian culture and is Vice President of Arba Sicula.
This selection demonstrates both his poetic talent and his fine sense of humor.
INNU A LA FICURINNIAIu ti vogghiu tantu beni
picchì tu si nzuccarata,
ma picchì si spini teni?
Non voi essiri tuccata?
Ma lu sai chi fazzu iu?
Iu ti spuogghiu nura nura,
e mi carma lu disiu
si sta vucca t'assapura.
A HYMN TO LA FICURINNIAYou are sweet as a caress
I love you so very much
but you wear a spiny dress
Don't you want to feel my touch?
What I do, you know I must?
'til you are nude I will undress you,
so to satisfy my lust
when I can taste you and caress you.
--English translation by Arthur & Alice Dieli
From the book, Vinissi... : I'd Love to Come..., by Antonino Provenzano, edited and translated into Englsh by Gaetano Cipolla, LEGAS, Brooklyn, 1995, p 26.
Provenzano has written a second book of poetry entitled Tornu / The Return, published by LEGAS in 2009 and translated into English by Gaetano Cipolla.
Here's a selection from Tornu / The Return, entitled Arba di Primavera (a Castellammare del Golfo).
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