The Mediterranean, south-up

After a long summer writing about islands and migrations, this weekend I’ll be back on the road, and on the sea. On Sunday 22nd, I’ll be in the village of Carosino, Italy, for the second edition of the festival Parlate di luce. After reading a couple of multilingual ‘mosaics’ (for old times’ sake), there’ll be …

Merħba bikom, Poets of Babel

Back in the summer of 2009, I came across a fascinating book called The Atlas of Languages, edited by Bernard Comrie and Maria Polinsky. I spent several days enraptured by its wealth of knowledge, colourfully presented in photographs, charts, maps, fact snippets, word lists and anecdotes, short stories and traditional poems. The book stands out …

Ernesto Cardenal in Malta

Three weeks ago, upon my arrival at the poetry festival in Granada, Nicaragua (an intense, unforgettable, ambivalent experience, which I will write about with more time later), I was given a welcome pack that included the recently published book Somos polvo de estrellas, an anthology of the poetry of Ernesto Cardenal. To my pleasant surprise, …