My adaptation of a passage from the poem “Dora Markus” by the great Italian poet Eugenio Montale (1896-1981) appears today in “Atelier”, Italy’s leading online poetry magazine. View the full 1-page comic on their website here: http://www.atelierpoesia.it/portal/poesia-arte/comics-by-j-peters/dora-markus-di-eugenio-montale/313
Curiously, Montale originally wrote this poem (now one of his most famous) in honour of a woman he had never met. In 1928 he received a letter from a friend who was staying in Austria at the home of this Dora Markus. The friend was particlarly taken with the beauty of his hostess’s legs, and suggested that Montale write a poem about her. For inspiration, he enclosed this photograph of Dora’s legs, from the mid-thigh down.