THE FALL OF ROME VS SPELT AND SHEEP

Miles, who is interning at the Rome Sustainable Food Project, this morning on the state of the Janiculum  before this hill’s development—one in a chorus of marvelful voices wending their ways into and out of my Edenic ex-tavern of a studio, to be poured into our courtyard installation:

Defining la cucina povera, “poor cuisine,” of those removed from the city center, subsisting on foraging for stinging nettle, sheep, and spelt—removed thus from the fall of parasitic rome with its dependence on wheat and oil imported from the colonies,

And papal cuisine, arcane yet equally self-sufficient because based on eel of the Tiber and on its own girded food garden, thereby being safeguarded from all poisons:

Food and its neighborhoods becoming the gateway to a historical understanding, as Miles puts it, not based on periods (and dead facts, as I put it).

 

 

 

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