[another photo of Mark Strand & Damiano Abeni by Mario Ventura]
Just for fun, and/or if you happen to be studying Italian, you now have the opportunity to listen to two interviews with Mark and Damiano on RAI, the Italian national radio and TV network. Links below.
For the show that aired on January 16, go here and scroll down till you see Mark Strand, then click on the "ascolta" button that also features that by-now famous international sign for "listen."
For the interview that was taped at the American Academy in Rome and aired on January 15, go here and find "Intervista a Mark Strand" and then click on "ascolta."
Each interview involves a lot of back & forth between the two languages, with the bonus of an extremely insightful, well-read interviewer. There were some great conversations that I think are worth hearing in either language. Or both. And you can hear what Mark's poems sound like in Italian too, which is always worth the price of admission.
Enjoy -- and here's hoping the linkage works ok. (Let me know if it doesn't.) Cheers.