Mario Lena is Bagni di Lucca’s very own poet. He was born in Bagni di Lucca in 1925 and came to poetry later in life. He trained as a scientist and was a mathematics teacher in Lucca.
He was mayor of Bagni di Lucca in the 1960s.
On Saturday 5th October there was an event at the Teatro Accademico to celebrate Signore Lena’s latest book of poetry and prose.
There was a large crowd at the theatre and Signore Lena was joined on the stage by several people who spoke at length about the poet and his work.
Signore Lena also spoke and recited several of his poems to a very enthusiastic audience.
I’m sure his latest book is going to be very popular.
Here is one of Mario Lena’s poems about Bagni di Lucca.
Le Cinque Finestre
Sopra le acque del Lima
Sopra le antiche case
Sopra i rami delle colline
le nuvole dell’Appennino.
Sopra le nuvole
a reggere questo cielo
e la sua confortevole civilta.