Allen Ginsberg andava ai Gat di Calcutta, Allen Ginsberg was going to the Gat of Calcutta

by Dianella Bardelli

Allen Ginsberg andava ai Gat di Calcutta
dove la gente arrivava morta
e veniva bruciata su grandi pire
ci andava per abituarsi a morire
per abituarsi all’idea di cos’è morire
essere morti
era la sua terapia
la sua scuola di formazione
dal punto di vista egoistico
vado per lo stesso motivo
all’Hospice
dove la gente è malata e muore
poi c’è l’altro motivo:
che lì, non so perché,
sto bene (2011)

Allen Ginsberg was going to the Gat of Calcutta
where the people arrived dead
and were burned on great pyres
he was going there to get accustomed to die
to get accustomed to the idea of what death is
to be dead
was his therapy
his school of training
from the egoistic point of view
I go for the same motivation
to the Hospice
where the people are ill and die
after there is an other motivation:
that there I don’t know why
I feel well