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 …

Love at the bottom of the sea

(Re-published from the Passaport Project blog) Ewropa! Intix tisma’ l-imħabba ssejjaħ minn qiegħ il-baħar? Europe! Can you not hear love calling out from the bottom of the sea? Europe ! N’entends-tu donc pas l’appel de l’amour venant du fond de la mer ? Europa! Ben je doof voor de roep van liefde uit de zeebodem? …

The shape of Lampedusa

(Notes for a future ‘Atlas‘ poem) The island of Lampedusa has some highly intriguing shapes. A door snail, peeking out of its elongated shell, checking if it’s safe to slide out. The head of a shrew, looking the other way, toward Carthage. Or perhaps its foot, walking on the water, using the bubbles of air …