Secret Sacred Woods

The Poems of Veronica Gambara

Newly Translated and Arranged by

Ellen Moody


Translations and notes are copyright © Ellen Moody 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

The digitally realtered photograph is copyright Vittorio DiMeglio. He wrote about this picture to me: "Procida is the fishing harbor on the isle of Procida, right next to Ischia. Taken from outside Archangel Michael's Church on the islands highest peak. It was the local seat of the Spanish Inquisition under Spanish rule. A donation here gets you a very private tour by the church's barely English speaking custodian and features the tribunal chambers, the catacombs and the ossario as well as seeing the effigies created by the nearby prison inhabitants, you may walk by a 16th century manuscript left open on a table during the tour. The bitter sweet movie Il Postino featuring the poetry of Pablo Neruda, was also filmed on Procida."

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