Literature
Art & culture

The poem that saved Luigi Strano from ending up behind barbed wire

It all depends / on what happened yesterday; / it all depends / on what the papers / say; / whether / today / you are a wog, / a New Australian / or an alien.

by

Gerardo Papalia

on

10/2/2018

Roots & routes
Culture

Il sorpasso

“HEY ROBERTO, FORGET ABOUT BEING SAD. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE IS? I’LL TELL YOU, IT IS THE ONE YOU ARE IN NOW.”

Roots & routes
Culture

The deceptive use of poignant images

This is a famous and often reproduced photograph, used to exemplify the migration experience. Legions of viewers have wanted to project or inscribe their interpretations onto this photograph, with comments like: “Ferocious and affectionate mother”.

Roots & routes
Culture

Pasolini's poem, "The weeping excavator", still stands as a symbol of destructiveness in today's society ruled by money and greed

Those, in the English-speaking world, who have heard of Pier Paolo Pasolini, are most likely to know of him as a director of controversial films. However, Pasolini, who was born in Bologna in 1922 and murdered in the outskirts of Rome in 1975, started his creative life as a writer of poetry and prose.

Roots & routes
Culture

An eighteenth century amphitheatre and marbles of dead poets: the stage of an Italian examination

I will always remember my first exam at an Italian university. I had barely been seven months in Italy. I had arrived on a scholarship from the Italian government, enthusiastic and fresh-faced, just after graduating in Italian Studies at Melbourne University.

Roots & routes
Culture

St George and the Dragon: my introduction to Italian art

My introduction to Italian art was in the form of an imperious and shocking painting that my mother cut out from a book of art she had brought to Australia from Italy in a shipping chest. My father framed it in a veined wood veneer all shiny and orange-brown.

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