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My name is Caterina Celli and I will be contributing to this blog for the next 12 weeks. I was born in Rimini in 1991, where I lived until the end of the high school. My studies focused on humanistic subjects, especially Literature. I earned a bachelor degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2014, and a Master degree in Modern, Comparative and Postcolonial Literatures in 2017, at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. I am now an intern at the Limerick Writers’ Centre.

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Being a good writer is to discipline your own talent.

A REFLECTION ON NATURAL TALENT BY HANS TUZZI

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“There is no writer without talent.” This is what Hans Tuzzi, an Italian writer and critic, affirms in his latest book How to write a crime novel…or any other novel. His essay is not a series of lectures on “how to write”, but a reflection on the power of the word, the strength of literature and Bildungsromans.

The central idea to Tuzzi’s reflection is that talent is essential. But talent must be disciplined. Every author, in fact, has his own style, but they have to study and practise in order to find the one which really belongs to them. read more…

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How two young Italian booksellers have adopted the limerick verse as a marketing ploy for their bookshop in Padua.

– MAYBE YOU FEEL A LITTLE LIMERICK, TOO!

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What is the first thing which comes to mind when you hear the word “limerick”? Perhaps the city you live in, perhaps the short and witty poem. The limerick is a particular kind of poem, made up by five lines, with a rhyme scheme of AABBA. Its nature is odd, strange, a little bizarre, a nonsense verse. This is the idea which led two young Italian girls in Padua to name their new bookstore “Limerick”.

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Strongbox of Meanings

GIUSEPPE UNGARETTI AND THE ITALIAN HERMETICISM

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The term “hermeticism” refers to a particular poetic movement born in Italy at the end of the First World War. It deals with the idea of a poetry whose character is hermetically closed and complex, in order to represent the feeling of the post-war.

With the Hermeticism, the poetic word is freed from every realistic echo and become “pure poetry”, creating complicated analogies carrying meanings difficult to understand. There is no more any practical finality, nor an educative aim. read more…

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Is free verse just “shredded prose”?

REFLECTIONS ON RICHARD WILBUR’S INTERVIEW

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Everyone seems to be able to write a poem nowadays. Everyone can arm themselves with a pen and let their feelings flow on a piece of paper, creating random separate verses, pretending to have the aspect of a poem. And the culprit of all this seems to be an excessive use of free verse. This new form of poetry – or lack of a form, as someone identified it – has always been considered with suspicion by poets, critics and theorists. In an interview for Web of Stories, US poet Richard Wilbur, talking about his own teaching method, mentions the importance of prosody in writing poetry. His idea originates from the fact that nowadays free verse seems to be the most common form, and young poets feel justified in resorting to it even before practising with standard formats such as sonnets or riddles. read more…

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Writing can transform any pen into a magic wand, which is able to turn evil into good.

FULVIO FIORI – Le parole che fanno bene (Healing Words)

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“Writing can transform any pen into a magic wand, which is able to turn evil into good.” This is the core idea of Fulvio Fiori’s last book, Le parole che fanno bene (Healing Words), in which the author analyses a way to get over one’s mental and physical problems thanks to a method he calls bioscrittura (biowriting). In an interview for Repubblica, he explains how emotions affect the body, and then the mind, which is the motor of all thoughts, both negative and positive. “Writing is a gift which allows you to put an order to your thoughts and emotions, word by word”: in this way, your problems are shaped, “black on white”, and it is easier to focus on them. read more…

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When me and a bunch of poets went out on the Poetry Trail

WITH SANDY YANNONE

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[…] The Poetry Trail is the visual concretisation of what “Poetry Month in Limerick” means: filling up the city with poems that catch passengers’ attention as they walk along the street. Suddenly, they realize that the poster on the window of their favourite coffee shop is not the promotion to an event, a festival or a concert. It is much more: few lines hanging there, waiting for someone to read them, and react. In fact, getting in touch with poetry also means reacting, and Sandy’s verses can’t help leading the reader to an intimate reaction. read more…

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When POETRY and MUSIC meet LOVE

ON RAGLAN ROAD – GREAT IRISH LOVE SONGS AND THE WOMEN WHO INSPIRED THEM (GERARD HANBERRY)

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[…] I love the silence of the library. I decide to have a walk around, wandering among the shelves, leafing through the books and wondering which silent stories they have to tell, between the noisy lines of their pages. It is not a random thought, however, for this is the question implied in the theme of the event: Great Irish love songs and the women who inspired them. Hanberry’s book, On Raglan Road, whose title quotes one of the most known Irish songs, seems to be willing to go beyond what is written, beyond the verses and the metric, beyond the rhymes and the stanzas, looking for the real essence of the songs. read more…

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Literature is the most democratic of all art forms in the world

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Jonathan Safran Foer[…] “Literature is the most democratic of all art forms in the world”, Foer says while commenting on the way he won: in fact, since it was a public poll, many readers voted for him, and he felt like he was chosen by a real public and not just by a jury made up of few people. The idea that Literature is democratic caught my attention from the very beginning of the interview, since it implies the possibility to reach to everyone and, consequently, the power to speak to many people. Literature, then, as a common net, nourished by everyone’s possibility to participate and express one’s own opinion about it. read more…