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Maplewood for Stradivari

Written by Dinko Telecan

Translated by the poet

Narrated by Bill Wolak


Stradivari’s nephew writes to his uncle from Bosnia: 

which maple tree am I to choose? 

Stradivari writes to his nephew from Cremona: 

such a trunk you ought to find  

which fought for its life on its own, 

not a maple from a maple forest, 

but a tree in a forest mixed, 

on a soaring cliff, 

a maple grown in utmost hardship, 

for that’s a proper maple, 

it has strength, 

such a strength  

that one day 

after a lot of deafness 

and a lot of giving up 

in a song it will resound 




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