Posts Tagged ‘vulgari’
PIAZZA AS WUZ
PIAZZA AS WUZ

Occupying the ruins now framing a deejay set ranging from Volare to hiphop all’italiano and the hospitality of Earthquake Jack: scene of palpably postwar pregentrification Palermo.

TOWN PRIDE
TOWN PRIDE

“Non ci passa una lira,” says the lady we meet surveying her high plaza with diamond facade from the waist up, and who justifies our afternoon chocolates by identifying us as her “children” to a daughter several minutes later. Not a cent passes through here yet everywhere—pizzerias, baseball caps, banks—is the immense unidentified Hellenistic goddess […]

CROSS-SPECIES COMMUNICATION, ITALIAN STYLE
CROSS-SPECIES COMMUNICATION, ITALIAN STYLE

Michele uses his excellent skills as translator, poet, and Italian (c.f. Bruno Munari’s dictionary of Italian gestures) to communicate with a cat atop the castle complex who is fond of quizzical self-exposure.

LANDSCAPE WITH CAMOUFLAGE
LANDSCAPE WITH CAMOUFLAGE

How would old Rockefeller lurch to learn that the Palisades view he purchased for his Cloisters transported from Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville to frame serves also as stageset to the “quiet-zoned” spectacle of bellic muscle for the next century?

STANZA AS JAIL OR A BALL
STANZA AS JAIL OR A BALL

“Stanza as Prison, Homicile, Cube, Sphere: Emilio Villa, Amelia Rosselli, and the Spaces of Post-Fascist Ytalyan Poetry” is the name of the talk I delivered tonight at the American Academy in Rome. Such rare pleasure to present, incommensurately perhaps given the material of dislocation, to a room full of neighbors, however hailing from the strange. […]

BOOKS AS BALLS
BOOKS AS BALLS

Why shouldn’t poems roll across the floor? From Emilio Villa’s The Rolling Balls: Hydrological Antistructures, With 6 Silkscreens (Rome: Edar, 1969), in collaboration with Silvio Craia and Giorgio Cegna….

BUNDLING
BUNDLING

Tales of old disguisings and the wicker mock-up basis of Bernini’s baroque Counter-Reformation core, so antithetical to deletion and arrogant stolidity of the carved.

THE FALL OF ROME, FREE VERSE
THE FALL OF ROME, FREE VERSE

In advance of the world premiere of Derek Walcott’s Moon-Child (Ti-Jean in Concert) at the American Academy in Rome last night, I interviewed the author/director, last week, for Sunday’s Il manifesto: here’s a link to the pdf: Walcott in Concerto: Il Manifesto A work recast from the earlier Ti-Jean and His Brothers, taking the ballad […]

WHY WE ARE NOT PAINTERS
WHY WE ARE NOT PAINTERS

“Why wasn’t he?” asks Mr. Walcott when I’m supposed to be interviewing him. “Too chatty, too bloody discursive, in the presence of oranges.” I can’t think of any lines to cite, nervous. Street details. “He was beautiful.” Two remotenesses colliding, the optimism of free 50s poets and painters in which one could fall to a […]

PUNCTUM
PUNCTUM

As planes and trams move one through shifting tablesettings of alliances, in advance of a celebrated guest of the state cancelling flights, the street glimpsed in transit reliable as ever in rendering the difference in any e pluribus unum eloquent.

CLASS WAR ONCE MORE TO S.P.Q.R.
CLASS WAR ONCE MORE TO S.P.Q.R.

General strike announcement for the 11th of March, 2011:  

THE CARNIVALESQUE
THE CARNIVALESQUE

Where does it lie, nella vita attuale, nowadays: in the performers, or their onlookers & ubiquitous multiform recorders?

IL PERTURBANTE
IL PERTURBANTE

Peering as ever, captivated, up through the thin filigreed iron barrier between monochrome and color, underground and over, death and life, making the current uncanny, unhomely—dreams haunted by missing digits and their turgid, sluggish, anxious replacements—and Felipe’s well-founded compassionate laugh at the unsolicitous inheritors of “Old Masters,” which over lunch conversation about crumbling walls of […]

“AUBADE”
"AUBADE"

Peter Rockwell on hand tools, marble holes, direct carving of the dolors of Mary crowned by monster base and ascension, illegal sculpture on abandoned chapels, illegal tri-headed rose sandstone window, & just plain liking monsters, massive stone monsters carved to be climbed: finally understanding the material dialectic of stone and thought in Pound’s Cantos with […]

TOWARD AN UNWRITTEN SONG OF ANTI-FASCISM (MILAN-NY-ROME)
TOWARD AN UNWRITTEN SONG OF ANTI-FASCISM (MILAN-NY-ROME)

As recounted by Tullia Calabi Zevi (1923-2011), a song in Milanese dialect her freemason father said had been discovered on the walls of Corso Buenos Aires at dawn— before the family’s 1938 escape from Italy to NY, where they founded the Mazzini Society— Caro il me Benitute me cunscià pulitute me cala la pagate me […]

POET-LAUREL-CAPITAL
POET-LAUREL-CAPITAL

Ugo Foscolo: poet and hopeful patriot becoming laurel becoming memorial becoming architecture, Ionian, becoming mundane or magic electric in dusk: patron non-saint of an archive of the vernacular. PER LA SENTENZA CAPITALE PROPOSTA NEL GRAN CONSIGLIO CISALPINO CONTRO LA LINGUA LATINA Te nudrice alle Muse, ospite e Dea Le barbariche genti che ti han doma […]

MOTET: MOVERE/MOT
MOTET: MOVERE/MOT

Following desire for more critical words in the president’s passional mourning address; following the Scharoun Ensemble’s performance of lyrical wendings by John Dowland, Huck Hodge, and Dadaist Stefan Wolpe (1929 Musik für Hamlet, likely a soundtrack to Hamlet’s masque within the play), all taking up poetry, continually curiouser about the braiding of individualities within collective […]

BABEL/MILKLESSNESS
BABEL/MILKLESSNESS

From the early fourteenth century of Dante-in-exile, in translation by Stephen Botterill, glimpse of a most ancient attempt to circumvent the confusion of Babel and pain of banishment from one’s mother tongue: Dodge the mother altogether: “Since human affairs are now carried on in so many different languages, so that many people are no better […]

EGGS, BASKETS, CLAWS, LAURELS
EGGS, BASKETS, CLAWS, LAURELS

On the lovely Jana Vandergoot’s counsel, reading George Hersey’s The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture, and now much better equipped to see the melee encased in so-called classical building conventions: eggs and doveclaws in moldings, in Doric columns marches of nude warriors, or in colossal figures, columns; in Ionic volutes locks of hair, below their […]

VIGIL, SPECTACLE, PUDDLE
VIGIL, SPECTACLE, PUDDLE

And two species of it competing with—concomitant—conversant with one another this eve.

ARTIFICOUS
ARTIFICOUS

The shell become Ionically architectural, volute and cornice, and mer-boy graffitum stump, honey light standing in for water: Follies of fertility, artifice, drought and neglect within and beyond the confines of the eighteenth century, at the sacred wood of the nymph Furrina (“Thievish”; “Dusky”), where Gaius Graccus had himself murdered by his slave, where Caesar […]

DVCE/DECVR
DVCE/DECVR

Contra-diction bene-detta (“blessed,” in translation that falls quite short) in the Foro Italico, once the Foro Mussolini, still marked by recordbreaking marble projectile; the mosaic DVCEDVCEDVCE DVCEDVCEDVCE DVCEDVCEDVCE become mere arrowing pattern alongside Luigi Moretti’s monolithic slabs, poised, once, to receive the progression of incising episodes of Fascism that Duce, pointy at sky over Foro, […]

BREVILOQUIA
BREVILOQUIA

Following Holly Flora’s talk on the Poor Clares’ commissions of narrative painting by Cimabue and others in central Italy: realization that literacy among medieval women was multitiered; that the “daughters of Eve” (aka women) were not thought capable of the acmes of spiritual devotion vis-a-vis language devoid of images. Being yoked to the earth, they […]

LACTOSE
LACTOSE

Giovanni Bernabei, “il contadino che ispirò Obama,” in San Giovanni Incarico on permaculture (though it’s Mona Talbott who teaches us this term) & why certain microspecies (he calls “dialects”) of salad, in trace amounts toxic, also nourish, mollify, put us to sleep. Midnight blunt to memory and laceration in the tissue of what ties one […]


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