poem: the protector


after mamma died,

nonna would sleep with me

in the big bed

in my parent’s apt.

dad coming home

after the restaurant closed

slept in my old bed.

as a teen

i wanted my own space

but had none.

i sometimes woke nonna up suddenly

as i in an adolescent sex dream

grabbed her.

and in the summer,

she liked the a.c. high

and i didn’t.

years after she died,

an old friend of nonna’s told me

nonna had heard

of widowers taking their daughters

and though she thought

dad was not the type,

she was going to make sure.

©- 2014 – Vittoria repetto

a poem of thanks

in my 20’s,
coming home
3am from the dyke bar
i climb the stairs up from dekalb station.
a monarch butterfly flutters on the stair lights;
lost from its course.
thinking someone might hurt it,
i wait ‘til it closes
its wings together,
softly grab the paired wings
wait for it to relax its legs;
once taught to me by the old italian guy
who grew morning glories
next to the bocce court on leroy
when i was a kid.
i cup the monarch in my hands like a prayer.
out on the street, 3 young black guys
coming from where i need to go say
hey dyke!
where you going, dyke!
i figure i’m in trouble
then i remember
i still have the butterfly
and need it let it go.
i turn,
face my future beaters,
lift buddhist prayer hands to my face,
open and push the butterfly away.
it flies towards their faces.
the 3 guys duck,
confused and startled.
as the monarch goes safely to its course,
i too
go safely home.

©- 2014 – Vittoria repetto

poem: summer 2014 – chinatown park

80 degrees

and the water games begin:

ballons and space guns

block vs block,

girls vs. boys,

b ball team vs. b ball team

run, throw, retreat,

repeat.

in their enthusiasm,

they rain

near misses on the daily bench sitters.

an old chinese woman,

resting from her collection

of discarded water bottles,

yells her distain.

©- 2014 – Vittoria repetto

Looking to sell house in Italy/Richiesta di vendere la mia casa e la terra

My name is Vittoria Repetto, who lives in New York City. I have a house and land in Framura and I’m thinking of selling them.

I will be there August 13 to September 4; and looking for a real estate agent who would be interested in looking at the house and interested in listing and selling it.

I do speak Italian but someone who speaks English would be helpful.

Would like to sell house and properties for 300 thousand euros – 300000 E

Via Costa 38, Framura, 19014 Prov La Spezia

I believe that house is 32m2 but that needs to be checked

1st floor:
A room w/ washing machine and utility sink and a bathroom w/ a half-tub, toilet and sink.

There are marble stairs leading to 2nd & 3rd floor.

2nd floor – terracotta tile floor:
A bedroom w/ double size bed and window facing out to piazza; a side room w/ 3 dresser drawer
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3rd floor: Has 4 rooms – terracotta tile floors.

1) A combination living/dining area w/ sofa, small dining room table w/ 4 chairs; the window faces out to the piazza.
Off to the side of the dining room is a small kitchenette w/ a refrigerator, gas stove w/oven, small sink and food preparation space.

2) A bathroom w/ a shower stall, sink, toilet and bidet

3) A bedroom w/ a queen size bed, satellite television, a dresser drawer. The window faces out back of house w/ a view of the local orchards, vegetable gardens, and the valley

4) A storage room w/ an armoire. The window faces out back of house w/ a view of the local orchards, vegetable gardens, and the valley.

The windows of the house have fold-in windows and green wooden shades that open out.

pictures of the house:

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0IZtWbRo3bsWFC

Agricultural land to be sold along w house…listed land are owned 100% by me

I terreni di proprità del 100% sono:
-foglio 20 mappale 136 di 720 mq – vigneto
-foglio 20 mappale 141 di 780 mq – vigneto
-foglio 20 mappale 193 di 430 mq- sem arboreo
-foglio 20 mappale 65 di 570 mq – uliveto

My email is DrVittoriaRepett@aol.com

Il mio nome è Vittoria Repetto, che vive a New York City. Ho una casa e terra in Framura e sto pensando di vendere loro.

Io sarò lì 13 agosto – 4 settembre; e alla ricerca di un agente immobiliare che sarebbe interessato a guardare la casa e interessati a quotazione e la vendita.

Io parlo italiano, ma qualcuno che parla inglese sarebbe utile.

Vorrei vendere casa e le proprietà per € 300.000

Via Costa 38, Framura, 19014 Prov La Spezia

Credo che la casa è 32m2, ma che deve essere controllato

1 ° piano:
Una camera w / lavatrice e l’utilità lavandino e un bagno w / a mezza vasca, wc e lavandino.

Ci sono scale di marmo che conducono al 2 ° e 3 ° piano.

2 ° piano – pavimento di piastrelle in cotto:
Una camera da letto w / letto matrimoniale e finestra rivolta verso piazza; una sala laterale w / 3 cassetto del comò
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3 ° piano: dispone di 4 camere – pavimenti in cotto.

1) Una combinazione soggiorno / sala da w / divano, tavolino da pranzo w / 4 sedie; la finestra si affaccia alla piazza.
Di lato della sala da pranzo è un piccolo angolo cottura w / frigorifero, fornello a gas w / forno, piccolo lavandino e il cibo lo spazio di preparazione.

2) Un bagno w / un box doccia, lavabo, wc e bidet

3) Una camera da letto w / un letto queen size, televisione satellitare, un cassetto. La finestra si affaccia sul retro della casa w / vista dei frutteti locali, orti, e la valle

4) Un ripostiglio w / un armadio. La finestra si affaccia sul retro della casa w / vista dei frutteti locali, orti, e la valle.

Le finestre della casa hanno piega-in finestre e tonalità di legno verde, che si aprono.

immagini della casa:

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0IZtWbRo3bsWFC

I terreni agricoli per essere venduti insieme casa w … terra elencato sono di proprietà al 100% da me

I Terreni di proprità del 100% Sono:
-Foglio 20 mappale 136 di mq 720 – vigneto
-Foglio 20 mappale 141 di mq 780 – vigneto
-Foglio 20 mappale 193 di 430 mq, sem arboreo
-Foglio 20 mappale 65 di 570 mq – Uliveto

La mia email è DrVittoriaRepett@aol.com

Tues. 7/29 Patricia Carragon & Hilary Lustick Read At Bluestockings’ Women & Trans’ Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday July 29th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Patricia Carragon & Hilary Lustick

Patrica Carragon’s work tends to be edgy and humorous, written by an outsider looking in.

Hilary Lustick’s work focuses on the human experience generally with a special focus on the weird and ironic vicissitudes that make it most meaningful. This will be her second reading at Bluestockings, the first having been as a contributor to Milk and Honey, an anthology of women’s lesbian poetry.

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store.

poem for nonna

today’s a sunny day, i’m thinking of you

you coming down the street with bundles

me with friends

you smile, say hello to my friends

and then the rest of the conversation is in italian

like you don’t know how to say it in english.

i remember you working in zampieri’s bakery

you would say yes sir to the women

no matter how many times i said

nonna say yes madam or yes miss.

today trying to read a italian newspaper

i’m thinking of you

how you argued with mama and dad

mama wanting not to teach me italian

growing up in world war 2

they weren’t to speak the language of the enemy

and dad wanting to teach me the genovese dialect

but you won out, it would be proper italian

but you always said

my italian grammar was bad

and i should have taken italian

but i thought french was cool for a english major

and i fiqured

reading dante in translation would be good enough

and your leftist guinea dyke granddaughter

was too busy fighting for

women and gays and colors

too busy hiding from her guinea self

to understand what i was losing

today, reading dad’s brain MRI report

i’m thinking of you

the massive stroke

one minute standing, the next dead

how you didn’t die in a hospital

tubes up your nose

your spirit dying

it frightened you so

that day

in the middle of my crying

this agnostic looked up to the heavens

and thanked whoever

for taking you quick

for not putting you in that hospital bed.

©- 2003 – Vittoria repetto

TUES 6/24 Cory Kantin & Loren Kleinman read at Bluestocking’s Women/Trans Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday June 24th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Cory Kantin & Loren Kleinman

Cory Kantin is a Brooklyn based slam poet. A semi-finalist this year for the LouderArts project; her writing is a compilation of ridiculous and entirely true experiences which revolve around bisexuality, dancing, ethics, humanity, love and ice cream.

Loren Kleinman’s poetry explores the results of love and loss and how both themes affect an individual’s internal and external voice.

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store.

TUES 5/27 Linda Lerner & Cynsei read at Bluestocking’s Women/Trans Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday May 27th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Linda Lerner & Cynsei

Linda Lerner’s recent chapbook, Ding Dong the Bell Pussy in the Well uses nursery rhymes as a spring board for her to jump into subjects she has been dealing with–relationship games, the struggles of being an artist, daily life in New York city.

Cynsei’s poetry and rhythms are moments – moments of lust, mania, depression, love, oppression and compounding isms, and recollections – all wrapped together neatly inside her black token code-switching and bohemian demeanor.

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store.

Poem: saving the best for last


nonna once told me
when mamma was a child
one day during sunday dinner,
nonna noticed a slice of salami under her plate,
nonna asked why.
mamma said she saved the salami
so she have it for last
leaving the best taste in her mouth.
today eating an italian pizza
(not an italian american one)
i eat the crust first,
leaving the best for last,
and eating it with a knife and fork.

@2014 – Vittoria repetto

Tues 4/29 Claudia Manley & Miriam Stanley read at Bluestocking’s Women/Trans Poetry Jam

Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam & Open Mike

Tuesday April 29th 7pm – 9pm

Feature Writers: Claudia Manley & Miriam Stanley

Claudia Manley’s stories often explore themes of disconnection, displaced anxiety, and communication breakdowns. They frequently play with the injection of the fantastic or the bizarre into the mundane and everyday.

Miriam Stanley’s poetry is affeected by the confluence of religion and gender. she also writes about aging as a woman in America.

$5 suggested donation
This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.
(between Staton & Rivington)
1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston
NYC
212-777-6028
info@bluestockings.com

http://www.bluestockings.com/

Open mike ( for women & trans) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit
Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

Take V or F train to 2nd Ave. and exit from the 1st Ave exit and walk south down Allen St. (aka. 1st Ave) 1 ½ blocks to the store.

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