For the feast of St. Valentine this year I thought I would share a real treat: Nicola Gardini's beautiful poetry collection Tradurre è un bacio [Translation is a kiss]. Here is a sample:
A (very) rough translation would be:
Translation is a kiss.
It is to have not one, but two tongues
In the mouth
At the same time,
Like Ruggero and Alcina.
[It is] to compose saliva.
For this reason lots of people
Are bad at it and even
Montale doesn't find it easy.
(Ruggiero and Alcina are two characters from Ariosto's Orlando Furioso).