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Silenzio

The g in Paglioni

is apparently

silent,

 

with the i

the sound of e

(robbing it

of a kingly

lion’s mane),

 

while the e itself

is long and clearly

Italian,

 

though we’d have

guessed it simply

by the décor,

 

the bottles of Abruzzo

on the wall,

the scent of fettuccini

in the air—

 

but this isn’t

consequential,

it’s not a Yelp

review,

 

it’s all about

the g

and its refusal

to hold its weight,

 

its obsession

with its stealth,

its channelling

Marcel Marceau,

 

or like the cat

of Cary Grant,

scaling the many roofs

To Catch a Thief,

 

that it should be

rooves instead of

roofs, like hooves

and a single hoof,

 

that the horse

has got it right

despite its neigh,

 

the shyness

that comes and

goes,

inside our alphabet’s

seventh letter,

hooking us along

either way—

 

soundless as a feather,

roaring

like a Roman

god.

 

 

 

Andreas Gripp

February 23, 2024


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