Posts Tagged ‘Pasolini’
PASOLINI REQUIEM
PASOLINI REQUIEM

Happening this afternoon on the University of Chicago campus: a discussion of the second edition of Pasolini Requiem, with the author and with my colleague Armando Maggi: the text begins with this quote: “Yes, certainly it is worthwhile knowing poets, but it is really not so indispensable, otherwise  how could one ever know those already dead?” […]

ANOTHER LITERARY HISTORY
ANOTHER LITERARY HISTORY

“She was also reading writings of the Black Power movement; she was entirely tuned in to what was happening in the US. Her work is a part of American literary history, despite the fact that most people don’t know it.” My live conversation of November 2012 with Alessandro Cassin of the Primo Levi Center on […]

WE ARE READY FOR ANOTHER HISTORY: ON HOLY FATHERS
WE ARE READY FOR ANOTHER HISTORY: ON HOLY FATHERS

“La santità dei santi padri” (The Sanctity of the Holy Fathers): my essay published today at the Italian journal Alfabeta2​ takes on the paradox and the recalcitrance of Amelia Rosselli’s place in literary history between a divided legacy of “holy fathers”: Pier Paolo Pasolini and the neo-avant-garde. Antonio Loreto’s recent study, “I Santi Padri di Amelia […]

OF FISHINESS, FLESH, & THE RADICAL UNDEAD
OF FISHINESS, FLESH, & THE RADICAL UNDEAD

That’s the name of my contribution to Boston Review’s forum on class and diction in contemporary poetry; it’s necessarily telegraphic, incomplete, and constrained in its terms, being pointed toward the necessity of response to Daniel Tiffany’s provocative “Cheap Signaling.” To sampling that debris. “I say [avec Glissant, Rosselli, & various others] that nothing is true […]

NO GESTURE IS COMPARABLE TO THE LOVE I HAVE FOR YOU
NO GESTURE IS COMPARABLE TO THE LOVE I HAVE FOR YOU

Is the message on the aqueduct that has become bench, carpet, stadium seat for these Romans. Thinking it in retrospect & somewhat belatedly true.  

POPPIES AND AQUEDUCTS
POPPIES AND AQUEDUCTS

The Acqua Claudia, highest aqueduct of all, serving thus each quarter high and low of Rome, now backdrop straight out of Pasolini for the starring poppies & weekend runners of Cinecittà and Centocelle.

IMMEDIATELY SO DREAMLESS
IMMEDIATELY SO DREAMLESS

On the way to Santa Prassede, following the detour of buses, running into a truck whose emblem is a head inside a gear marked “San Precario” or “Saint Precarious”: A spirited, nearing joyous, parade against (re)becoming minds in flight: the demonstrations of precari, workers, researchers without security, enact their part of the “manifestazione continua” rising […]

“NEOAVANTGARDISTIC PRODUCTS” (PASOLINI/POUND ENCOUNTER)
"NEOAVANTGARDISTIC PRODUCTS" (PASOLINI/POUND ENCOUNTER)

The measured, fatigued ol Ez sez, syllables, as they’d say in Italian, to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s legible amusement & faint stupefaction: “Lei dice nazioni industrializzate e quindi culturalmente avanzate. È questo quindi che non mi va. Difficile per me rispondere a questa sola domanda perché non è solamente in Italia industrializzata dove ci sono nuovamente […]

OIL
OIL

53 million busted amphorae used to transport olive oil between Andalusia and Rome for the imperial populace to receive gratis, a kilo a day a head: hammered belly by belly to make a mountain of shards, or testae, dubbed Testaccio, 45 meters high. Abandoned, an eventual platform (1200-1400) for watching the Carnival of Rome then […]

GLOSSOLALIA
GLOSSOLALIA

To define xenoglossia (for the hoary Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics): hovering in mind all week, the 12th-century Cupola of the Pentecost in St. Mark’s Basilica, abbagliante as the visual correlative of linguistic stupor, hemmed with coupled men and boys emanating from the holy spirit as silent murmurers of every language of earth at […]

ILLINGUAL

From Hypersonnet, XI by Andrea Zanzotto, central section of Il Galateo in bosco or The Woodland Book of Manners: “a che e per chi di nota in nota illinguo/questo che non fu canto, eloquio, ciarla?” a stab at this canticle: “to what and for whom from illingual note to note/is this which wasn’t song, utterance, […]

TRUST
TRUST

As a cognitive construct, a field of play, distinction coming down to white on white on white in its more or less vulnerable shades, pinkening, even in the unforeseeable eyes that have arrived to you by paths most angularly destined, magnetic. As an architecture, carefully quartered crown of bloodlike sweet garden food, roof low enough […]


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