The shapes of Lesvos

Lesbos, or Lesvos. Shaped, as written by Odysseas Elytis, like a platanus leaf, which “some god, in order to have his fun, severed and blew away in the middle of the ocean”. I see more of a resemblance with a fig leaf. A romantic symbol picked up by tourist brochures, conjuring up images of late Mediterranean …

The shape of Lampedusa (reprise)

(Written following a trip to Lampedusa, two years after writing The shape of Lampedusa – part 1) After having visited Lampedusa, I see four new shapes in its map. As suggested by this mural on the side of a children’s library in Via Roma, Lampedusa is the shape of a red-hot iron. Not for flattening …

Għal għonq it-triq #5: Maħbubin fuq Aran, ta’ Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney mhux poeta faċli. Għal żmien twil, iktar apprezzajt il-lekċers tiegħu milli vrusu. L-istess fir-rigward ta’ Borges, sal-lum. Ħa nkun onest: sa ftit ilu, il-poeżija ta’ Heaney kont inħossha sfiqa, iffullata wisq, b’lingwaġġ tant irfinut li, flok iqarribni lejn id-dinja naturali mpinġija minnu, kont inħoss li jbegħidni, li jżommni barra flok jistedinni nidħol. Heaney …