Life & Death

When I have looked Life in the eyes,Grown calm and very coldly wise,Life will have given me the Truth,And taken in exchange–my youth. “Wisdom” – Sara Teasdale, American lyric poet, born on 8 August 1884. Not one would mind, neither bird nor treeIf mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,Would scarcely… Read More Life & Death

Fantasy & Optimism

James Branch Cabell born on 14 April1879 was an American author of fantasy fiction Since his surname was often mispronounced, he composed this rhyme: “Tell the rabble my name is Cabell” to clear up pronunciation issues.His works were considered escapist: according to him truthfulness was “the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against… Read More Fantasy & Optimism

Audre Lorde: “A Litany for Survival”

American writer Audre Lorde served as New York State Poet from November 1991 until her death from breast cancer in November 1992.In designating her as such, then-governor Mario Cuomo praised “her sharp sense of racial injustice and cruelty, of sexual prejudice… “ In her acceptance speech, Lorde replied :“I accept this award in the name… Read More Audre Lorde: “A Litany for Survival”

Truth?

Ieri ho pubblicato un articolo dal titolo “Truth” (Verità)L’immagine però non corrispondeva esattamente alla verità, perché avevo capovolto la foto scattata al riflesso di alberi in un laghettoLa macchina fotografica aveva registrato la realtà passivamente, senza inganni. Ricordate ciò che aveva scritto Isherwood? “Sono una macchina fotografica con l’otturatore aperto, alquanto passivo, che registra, non… Read More Truth?

Truth

“The first casualty when war comes is truth: whenever an individual nation seeks to coerce by force of arms another, it … insists that it acts in self-defense” (1) American senator Hiram Johnson, born on 2 September 1866, said this in a speech, in 1918 during World War 1. He died on 6 August 1945,… Read More Truth