Academic journal article Making Connections

Le Castella-Crotone Province

Academic journal article Making Connections

Le Castella-Crotone Province

Article excerpt

These are sketches-nothing more-like the

day

your steel helmet lands on a beachhead and

from your half-sand, half-panicked trench,

you fix

on a white seagull perched on a land mine.

The year is Aragonese or German;

you may not say who you are, or cannot.

The main thread eludes us or was

never written, or lives in the woven confines

of a recipe book: she spider

and her pasqual eggs. Where to advance

from here? Windmills on the hill saturate

the horizon; families settle down to the pranzo,

"good

things are on the way". Your shadow remains

as you push on. At beachheads they built

strings

of castra to protect the towns against

invading armies. Now only the wind

prevails and her many jealous lovers

the waves. Green grocers only sell the fruit

of the season-honest folk-but when I

looked,

it was me looking through the mirror. …

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